Brendan Rodgers commits to Celtic for four more years

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BY Cian Roche 17:05 Friday 7 April 2017, 17:05 7 Apr 2017

Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

After steering Celtic  to their sixth successive Scottish Premiership title, Brendan Rodgers has signed a contract extension which will keep him with the club for another four years.

Despite an inauspicious start to his reign as Celtic manager - a 1-0 defeat to semi-professional side Lincoln Red Imps - Rodgers guided Celtic to one of their most dominant league wins in the club's history.

So far this season, Celtic have not lost a game in the domestic lead and have won 28 of their 31 games.

Heading into their decider last weekend, Celtic held a 25 point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the table and Rodgers said after the victory his job was to win the league in the "best way possible".

"It's nice to clinch it of course but to play in the manner that we did is important for me," he said. "I always demand it, the performance. 

"I said to the players before the game, throughout the season how they've represented the club - Celtic is a club where professionalism is the hallmark - they've done so with dignity, pride and style."

The announcement was made today that the former Liverpool manager will stay on in charge of Celtic until 2021.

Brendan Rodgers and his players celebrate winning the league at Tynecastle Stadium. Image:  Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

"It just felt right," Rodgers said this afternoon at a press conference. "Myself, Peter [Lawwell, Chief Executive] and the board been talking for a little while and it felt the right thing to do.

"We have a built a connection at the football club and that will be important going forward.

"I'm a supporter who has got very lucky & someone who can hopefully develop the club further with the great people here."

Celtic remain on course for a domestic treble and Lawwell recognized the impact Rodgers has had so far this year.

"Brendan’s an outstanding manager and we believe he is one of the top coaches in European football and, indeed, world football.

"He’s led the team through a remarkable season, winning the league again, winning the League Cup, qualifying for the Champions League and, to date, being unbeaten domestically. We also have the prospect of the Scottish Cup.

"We’ve done it in the Celtic way, we’ve done it in style. We’ve played winning, entertaining and exciting football that our fans love."


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