New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists he joining one of the biggest clubs in the world and set his sights on continuing the domination of Scottish football as well as making an impact again in Europe.
“I left a really special club at Liverpool. I wanted to have a good rest, to come away from the game for a bit and hopefully go into another big football club,” Rodgers said at his first press conference on Monday.
“I had opportunities to stick down south in the (Barclays) Premier League or go abroad, but after (chief executive) Peter (Lawwell) called me once Ronny’s annoucement (had been made), out of respect, I spoke to him and when I met, they sold the club to me.
“My emotional attachment (to Celtic) is very strong, it has been for many years… there is a draw for me here…
“(I know) people talk about the level (of Scottish football), but Celtic is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it is certainly not a step down, it is an institution.”
Rodgers added: “The objective is very clear, it is to continue with the domination of Scotland and also make an impact on European football.”