June 20 – Brendan Rodgers is returning to Scottish champions Celtic for a second managerial spell four and a half years after leaving in the middle of a season to take charge of English Premier League club Leicester.
The Northern Irishman, 50, has agreed a three-year contract to replace Ange Postecoglou, who left Celtic for Tottenham Hotspur this month.
“I am really delighted to return to Celtic and I am hugely excited by this great opportunity,” said Rodgers. “When I was given the privilege of being asked to join the club again, it was a very simple decision for me and my family.
“We have enjoyed some great times at Celtic before and this will be my goal again, to deliver good football, ensure we have a team we all love to watch and ultimately bring more success to our fans.
“Ange has done some brilliant work across the last two years and I will be doing all I can to maintain Celtic’s momentum as we face into all our domestic and European challenges.
“We have a hugely impressive and talented group of players and staff at the club, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with them all and then getting straight down to work.”
Rodgers was sacked in April by Leicester, who were subsequently relegated from the Premier League. He won seven domestic trophies in a row during his first spell at Celtic but quit midway through the 2018-19 season, with some fans unfurling banners criticising him for a lack of loyalty.
He is now returning with principal shareholder Dermot Desmond commenting: “Brendan is a very talented manager, he has huge experience at the highest levels and is a man who knows how to win and do so in style.”
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