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BARNES APPLAUDS RODGERS APPOINTMENT

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JOHN BARNES lasted only eight months as Celtic manager before being sacked after the Inverness Caley Thistle debacle in February 2000.
 
The former Liverpool favourite is hoping ex-Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has better times in the Parkhead dug-out.
 
Barnes said: “I think it is a fantastic appointment for Celtic and I think he’ll do a great job.13254169_1440360345989588_7238943388643142586_n

“I was actually with Brendan over in Dubai about a month ago and he was telling me he was looking forward to getting back in.

“Celtic wasn’t on the horizon at that point and he didn’t mention any clubs, but I could tell he was keen to get started.

“He still has the hunger and the appetite, so it’s great for both parties as far as I can see.

“Brendan will not view it as a step down, despite what others will think. Celtic is a huge club. They are guaranteed European football, but it will be much tougher going forward now that (The) Rangers (sic) are * up.

“However, they are in the Champions League and I’m sure Brendan would want to pit his wits against the big sides there.

“The way he plays football, the fans can expect a very exciting brand of football. They can look forward to a great spectacle because he does like to play attacking football. In terms of playing the Celtic way, they couldn’t pick a better man for the job.

 
“I don’t think the money will be a problem because Brendan likes to play young players then mould them and inspire them to great things.

“He doesn’t necessarily need superstar players. Obviously, he knows that at Celtic he’s not going to be able to get the likes of Luis Suarez.Luis Suarez

“But he believes in his philosophy and in how his team will play. He organises them and implements a strategy that is worth more than any individual player.

“As long as Celtic have good players – and they still do – he will be able to put forward a style that will suit them and be attractive.’

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