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  • Brendan Rodgers: This was an easy decision for me to make

    Brendan Rodgers: This was an easy decision for me to make

    By: Jo Hendry on 07 Apr, 2017 16:54

  • BRENDAN Rodgers believes he’s in the best place that he possibly could be, and he couldn’t be happier. The Celtic manager has committed his future to the club, signing a new four-year contract that will see him remain at Paradise until at least June 2021.

    The Irishman has had a dream start to life at Celtic after clinching the Premiership title – the club’s sixth in a row – securing the League Cup, qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, while there is a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to later this month.

    And the Hoops boss is delighted to have signed the new four-year deal. Speaking at Celtic Park today, he said: “There’s a lot more to achieve and it’s a really exciting period for the club. I thoroughly enjoy working with the players, what I’ve always tried to do going into clubs is to improve individual players, make them better and make the teams better. Ultimately, to get a feeling around the club that is exciting, on and off the park, that’s our aim here.

    “Myself, Peter and the board have been talking for a little while and it just felt like the right thing to do. Today, I find it hard to find the words to express my feelings. Nine months ago I sat here with Chris Davies and Glenn Driscoll and we knew the magnitude and size of the club, but to be sat here now with the trust of the board, which is very important, and that commitment is incredible.

    “And what I’d like to add is that when myself, Chris and Glenn joined Celtic, we had other members of staff that came on to our team as well. Two in particular are John Kennedy and Steve Woods who were already in-house but have become a real integral part of our team and how we work.

    “I think what we’ve done is we’ve built a connection, all of us throughout the football club over the last nine months, and that’s going to be important for us going forward.

    “I’ll be eternally thankful for the board and how they’ve shown their trust in me with that commitment to going forward over the next four years and for us to continue to grow and develop. That’s my responsibility to lead the football development and ensure that we can continue to progress.”

    The Hoops have enjoyed an incredible first season under Brendan Rodgers’ stewardship, and remain unbeaten domestically after 38 games, going into this Saturday’s Premiership clash with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

    And the manager appreciates the position he’s in, along with the opportunity he has to continue developing the team over the next four years.

    “It was an easy decision for me,” he said. “Personally and professionally I’m in a great place, a few years ago I might have been in a rush but you learn through experience to appreciate what you have. What I have here is that I’m a supporter who got very, very lucky, but hopefully I can help to develop the club along with the people who are already here.”

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