Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been unveiled by the Scottish move after completing the move last week.
Rodgers has hailed Celtic as one of the biggest club in the world and cant wait to get started. “People would maybe talk about the level but Celtic is one of the biggest clubs in the world.And for me to come out of the Premier League and come here is certainly not a step down.This is one of the great clubs of the world, an institution, so for me to come here is a huge honour and a privilege.” Rodgers quickly rebuffed the suggestion he could be reunited with former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, currently playing in the MLS with LA Galaxy, saying: “I think Stevie is enjoying his life in America. He’s doing fine over there”.
He added of his objectives: “For me the objective is pretty clear, to continue with the domination of Scottish football and also to make an impact in European football.“Celtic being the first team to win the European Cup is very important, there has been many great European nights here.“So that opportunity to revive those fortunes, to get into the Champions League and obviously continue with Scottish football domination (is exciting).“First of all we have to look to be competing in the Champions League and you have to qualify and then the objective then is can you get out of the group stages and beyond.“Of course it is difficult, with the money that is around but you look at Porto, Benfica, those sorts of team that are dominant in their own league and qualify into Champions League and can make a good fist of it.“I am fortunate that I am at a club where I have felt the support from the first conversation that I had with Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) so I know they will do everything they possibly can, Dermot (Desmond, major shareholder) also, they will give me very support and I felt a real togetherness with them.”
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Lawwell reiterated the need for Celtic “to live within our means and create value” and the new manager insists he is ready to meet that challenge.I was comfortable with everything,” he said. “I have come from a market and I am now in a different market.It is pretty clear the Premier League is the most competitive in the world but this is Celtic, it is a different market.But I was convinced to come here by Dermot and Peter to be given every possible chance to create the objectives.They want to invest in the club, they want to keep the club moving forward but it is also about the players that are here. Sometimes people look and want you to go and buy a £10m (€12.9m) player or a £5m (€6.5m) player but the first look has to be within your own youth department.You might have a £5m (€6.5m) or £10m (€12.9m) player in your own academy. You always look from within your club, it gives you great joy, we had it at Liverpool.Raheem Sterling was 17 years of age when we he broke into the team and Raheem left as a £49m (€63.2m) player.
“When Luis Suarez came to Liverpool, there wasn’t so many people that had heard of Luis and he left and went away as a world-class player.Obviously at times players will want to move on. It’s about good players, whether they are unknown or a name, it doesn’t really matter. We want someone who is going to fit into the culture at the club and fight for the shirt.So my first look will always be to look there. I think we have a good squad here and of course we want to improve on that.”