BRENDAN RODGERS walked into Parkhead on May 23, 2016 to be announced as the new Celtic manager.

He was welcomed by thousands of cheering Hoops fans – but no-one could have envisaged the remarkable impact the selft-confessed Celtic fan would have on the club.

Rodgers led the team to back-to-back trebles and claimed a seventh successive honour when he masterminded a 1-0 League Cup Final victory over Aberdeen in December 2018 with Ryan Christie firing in the matchwinner.

DAY ONE…Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the Celtic support in his speech on the afternoon of his arrival.

Alas, there will not be a treble this time around for the second time-around gaffer after the team’s stumble in the same competition at Rugby Park in August last year.

As the Irishman prepares his players for tomorrow’s visit of Ross County, the champions are five points ahead in the race for the club’s twelfth title in 13 years.

There is also a Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on the iconic date of May 25 to aim for with the holders taking another step towards the national stadium when they face St Mirren in Paisley in the Fifth Round on Sunday, February 11.

CQN‘s ace snappers have followed Birthday Bhoy Rodgers’ progress from day one. Here is the pick of the pics.

WELCOME TO PARADISE…Brendan Rodgers is ushered in by chairman Ian Bankier and chief executive Peter Lawwell. 

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…the new Celtic manager poses for the cameras.

GETTING SHIRTY…Brendan gets the feel of the world famous Hoops.

MEET THE PRESS…Brendan’s obviously delighted to be here.

CHEERS…Celtic fans turn out in their thousands to welcome the new boss.

TUNNEL VISISON…Brendan, bedecked in green-and-white scarf, prepares to meet the supporters.

THIS IS HOW IT FEELS…Brendan holds aloft the Celtic scarf to the rapturous applause of the fans.

GLASGOW BELONGS TO ME…Brendan passes on some information to Kieran Tierney on their way to a 1-0 Betfred League Cup semi-fnal win over the Ibrox side on October 23, 2016.

THE FINAL RECKONING…Brendan shares the joy as the Hoops set up a Betfred showdown with Aberdeen.

THREE’N’EASY…the Celtic boss holds aloft the League Cup trophy following the 3-0 win over the Pittodrie side at Hampden on November 27.

A MAN ALONE…Brendan Rodgers (extreme left) ponders his first trophy success as Celtic manager while the players celebrate.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM….Brendan Rodgers gives the thumbs up as he prepares for the kick-off to the Scottish Cup Final meeting with Aberden on May 27, 2017.

JOB DONE…Brendan Rodgers is all smiles following the 2-1 success over the Dons.

THE TREBLE IS WON…the Hoops boss holds aloft the Scottish Cup as he completes the team’s domestic domination in his first season.

THE VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED…Brendan Rodgers consoles dejected Dons gaffer Derek McInnes at the final whistle.

THAT’S MY BHOY…Brendan Rodgers congratulates skipper Scott Brown.

JOY RODGERS…the Hoops gaffer can’t disguise his delight.

TITLE-WINNER…Brendan Rodgers with the Premiership trophy in 2017.

ACTION REPLAY…Brendan Rodgers with the League Cup after the 2-0 win over Motherwell in 2017. 

THE GLITTERING PRIZE…Brendan Rodgers joins in the celebrations.

DAY OF RECKONING…Brendan Rodgers on the touchline with Gers caretaker boss Graeme Murty during the Scottish Cup semi-final. The Hoops triumphed 4-0 – and the Ibrox man was heading out of a job.

BACKROOM BHOY…Brendan Rodgers (back row, top left) is calmness personified as the players whoop up their title success.

THE WAY AHEAD…Brendan Rodgers points the way to Callum McGregor during the 2-0 Scottish Cup Final win over Motherwell.

JOY BHOYS…Brendan Rodgers, skipper Scott Brown and the Scottish Cup.

TREBLE YELL…Brendan Rodgers and his players celebrated their double treble success on board the open top boss heading for Paradise. 

AT THE DOUBLE…the silverware clean sweep: Brendan Rodgers with the domestic hat-trick of the League Cup, Premiership trophy and the Scottish Cup. 

SEVENTH HEAVEN…Brendan Rodgers with the League Cup after the 1-0 win over Aberdeen in December 2018.

BACK TO FRONT…Brendan Rodgers has his back to the cameras as passes on the League Cup to skipper Scott Brown and the triumphant Celtic players.


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