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Brendan Rodgers pens new deal with Celtic

Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers signed a four-year contract extension with the Scottish Premiership champions on Friday.

Rodgers led Celtic to the title in his first season in charge of the Glasgow giants and, just days after that triumph was wrapped up, the former Liverpool boss has been rewarded with a new deal.

The 44-year-old, whose club are unbeaten in the league this season, agreed to replace his one-year rolling contract with a new deal that runs until June 2021.

“It just felt right. I couldn’t be happier. I’m in the best place I could possibly be,” Rodgers told a press conference on Friday.

“I’m eternally thankful to the board for showing trust in me last summer and now I’m very grateful for the commitment of the board.

“It was very easy. Professionally and personally I’m in a good place.

“A few years ago I might have been in a rush. But I have learnt to cherish what you have.

“It’s the beginning of the journey, but there’s a lot more to achieve.”

Rodgers is on course to follow in the footsteps of Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill by leading Celtic to the domestic treble. 

With the Premiership and League Cup secured, Celtic, who have won the league for the last six years, have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers coming later this month.

Asked whether he was more invested in managing Celtic than previous clubs, the boyhood Hoops fan said: “I don’t think it’s until you sit and actually manage and work for the club you support.

“I looked at Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and there was just a difference in them when they were playing for Liverpool.

“They were Liverpool boys, they loved the club and they loved the city and they were 150 per cent into the football club. And I can see that now and I can feel that even more now.

“When you grow up as a supporter, you know all the stories and everything about the club and when you come to Celtic and take on that responsibility, the feeling you get is truly special. And I wanted to continue that.”

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