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  • Packie Bonner: Brendan's a Celtic man at heart

    Packie Bonner: Brendan's a Celtic man at heart

    By: Mark Henderson on 21 May, 2016 10:01

  • CELTIC goalkeeping great Packie Bonner has hailed the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager as exciting news.

    Having managed at the highest level at Liverpool, Swansea, Reading and Watford, the 43-year-old is a highly respected name across European football. 

    Bonner first came across Rodgers at Reading in the late 1990s, when he was second in command to Hoops legend Tommy Burns.

    At that time, Rodgers was coaching in the Royals’ youth academy and in the early stages of his coaching and managerial career, which saw him work under the likes of Jose Mourinho before he himself moved into the hot-seat.

    And Bonner believes that his fellow Irishman has the qualities and character to bring success and entertainment to the Celtic support. 

    Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Bonner said: “It’s very exciting. It’s great news, magnificent. I like the way he plays football. 

    “He wants to play the game the way Celtic fans will enjoy. The players at Celtic Football Club will respond to that. He is also a worker on the pitch – he likes to get on the pitch and work with the players – and I like that in a manager and it will be interesting how everyone responds to him. He is certainly a good name.

    “He’s a good man. He was influenced heavily by Tommy. When we were at Reading, he was a young man at the Academy and Tommy had a big influence on him, and if he can put his ideas into practice then it will be fantastic.

    “And if he learned from Tommy as an individual and how Tommy conducted himself, then that would be perfect.”

    Along with being a progressive manager of high repute, Rodgers is a lifelong Celtic supporter and he has cited Bonner as one of his heroes growing up along with the likes of Danny McGrain.

    And Bonner reckons being aware of the club’s history and ethos can only help the new Hoops boss as he aims to implement his ideas on the team.

    “It’s important absolutely,” he said. “He’s a Celtic man at heart. He has to get to know the running of the club and all of that, but he will be his own man as well which is good and that’s also very important.

    “He has to get results like any manager and get the players to respond to him, but it’s a good appointment by the club.

    “People will know that Brendan has strong Irish roots. He wants to play the game the right way and he knows the history of Celtic so all of that is very positive.”

    Brendan Rodgers will be officially unveiled at a media conference this Monday, May 23, 2016 at Celtic Park at 4pm and he will then meet supporters at 6pm at the stadium.

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