Brendan Rodgers pens four-year contract extension with Celtic FC
April 9, 2017, 4:00:01 CEST | Wikinews

Yesterday, Northern Irish football manager Brendan Rodgers signed a four-year contract extension with Scottish club Celtic F.C., the club announced via their official website. The extended contract runs through June 2021. His previous contract was to expire at the end of the season.

After signing the contract, Rodgers said, "It was an easy decision for me[...] Personally and professionally I’m in a great place, a few years ago I might have been in a rush but you learn through experience to appreciate what you have. What I have here is that I'm a supporter who got very, very lucky, but hopefully I can help to develop the club along with the people who are already here." The 44-year-old manager joined the Glasgow side in 2016 replacing Ronny Deila, and guided The Bhoys to the national league victory on Sunday.

Celtic, who secured their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with eight games to spare have a chance to complete a first domestic treble since 2001, having already won the Scottish League Cup and having qualified for the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup later in April under Rodgers. Rodgers narrowly missed out on the Premier League trophy with Liverpool F.C. in 2014.

Rodgers enjoyed his first ever league victory with Celtic, and earned a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League's group stage. Celtic under Rodgers have extended an unbeaten streak to 38 matches in the Scottish league.

Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in October 2015 after three-and-half-years of service at Anfield; and former Borussia Dortmund's manager Jürgen Klopp filled his vacated spot. Peter Lawwell, Celtic's Chief Executive said, "Brendan has made a huge impact at Celtic already. He's an outstanding manager and we believe he is one of the best coaches in Europe, if not world football, and we're delighted that he has committed his future to Celtic."

Source: Wikinews
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