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  • Brendan Rodgers: I couldn't be happier as Celtic manager

    Brendan Rodgers: I couldn't be happier as Celtic manager

    By: Mark Henderson on 20 Apr, 2018 10:01

  • BRENDAN Rodgers has insisted that he couldn’t be happier as Celtic manager as his side close in on a seventh successive title. The Hoops only need three points in the first post-split fixture away to Hibernian this Saturday to claim the league crown.

    That would put them one win away from sealing a historic double treble under the Irishman, with the Scottish Cup final against Motherwell to come on May 19.

    The manager admitted that he couldn’t have wished for his tenure in Paradise to have gone any better so far, highlighting the positive backing he’s received from Dermot Desmond, Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board.

    But the Irishman also stressed his desire to keep improving and developing Celtic on and off the pitch, with planning already underway for next season.

    “As a supporter of the club, I had to put that aside and, for the length of time I was here, create something that would inspire the supporters and give them as many happy moments as possible,” he said.

    “Being a fan and knowing how they support this club and how great the supporters are here, I wanted to try and give them as many highs as I possibly could. That hasn’t changed.

    “I had a good feeling when I spoke with Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell at that first meeting and they’ve never shirked from the words they gave me on that day. I’m fortunate that I’m at a club that has that stability and allows me to develop it from a football perspective.

    “There’s still a lot of work for me to do and achieve on and off the pitch, but you can only do that if you’re happy, and I couldn’t be happier at this club and the support I get from the board.

    “It’s all very aligned and very clear and that allows me to work in confidence and it gives the stability to the team, the staff and everyone, and we can all move forward.

    “I couldn’t have wished for it to have gone any better. You always hope you come into a club and can make an impact. What was important for us is that we could start quickly, but that’s all down to the players and their ability to learn and take on board and they’ve been absolutely fantastic.

    "I’ve talked about them having this ferocious intent to keep improving and developing and I see that every single day and they can then take that on to the field and try and grasp the opportunities. From that perspective, it’s been a joy to see that and we want to continue that.

    “No matter how big your institution is and how great it is, you always have to guard against complacency and that’s something I always say to the players – they need to be allergic to that," continued the manager. 

    “I’m very much like that myself, looking for the next step to take. Already, we’re thinking of how we can improve for next year - how can we be better in our form, our game, and be better in all aspects. That’s something which is important.”  

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