Scottish champions Celtic are close to unveiling former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.
Rodgers has been offered a salary and benefits package which would make him the highest-paid boss in the club’s history. and are the club are willing to hand the former Liverpool boss a £15million budget for transfers and wages to rebuild the squad. Major shareholder Dermot Desmond also held lengthy discussions with David Moyes, Malky Mackay, Roy Keane and Neil Lennon. After two rounds of talks with Rodgers, however, the Irish billionaire has asked the boyhood Celtic fan to take on the job of seeing off a renewed challenge from Ibrox and negotiating a safe passage through the Champions League qualifiers.
Warburton believes the appointment of Rodgers would help boost the image of Scottish football but, while outlining his respect for the 43-year-old, is adamant he wouldn’t be fearful. While a formal agreement and legalities have yet to be concluded, Celtic plan to unveil their new manager next week. ‘You want to work against various managers.We are a good club, in good shape and we’re looking forward to next season. Whoever we face will be a tough opponent. Brendan brings a wealth of experience having worked at the highest level. He would be a great opponent.It raises the profile of the Scottish game which could only be good and brings another level of excitement and interest to the fixtures.
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‘I worked with him at Watford. I was the academy manager and he came in as manager. So I know Brendan fairly well. He is very organised, very meticulous, very knowledgeable. A good man-manager. He almost won the Premier League. He has a good background, coming through the youths with the Chelsea academy and then through Watford and Reading and Swansea and obviously Liverpool. I am sure he will be a big asset for whatever club he joins.’