BRENDAN RODGERS won seven successive domestic honours in his four-and-a-half year first stint as Celtic manager.
It has taken the returning Hoops gaffer just two months to pick up his first award this time around.
Rodgers has just been named Premiership Manager of the Month for September after guiding the champions to four back-to-back league victories following the perfect lift-off at Ibrox where visitors calimed a vital 1-0 triumph.
It was a crucial confrontation for the Irishman and his injury-ravaged squad just three days into the month and the points were heading for the east end of the city courtesy of a spectacular volley from Kyogo Furuhashi just before the interval.
BACK IN PARADISE…Brendan Rodgers patrols the Celtic Park touchline.
That success was followed by wins over Dundee (3-0), Livingston (3-0) and Motherwell (2-1) as the Parkhead side opened up a four-point gap which has now stretched to seven following the 3-1 performance against Kilmarnock before the international break.
Rodgers, who is now preparing his players for the match against Hearts at Tynecstle in the 2.15pm kick-off on Sunday, said: “I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the players and my backroom team.
“We have enjoyed a very successful September with some excellent performances leading to very positive results in the League.
“Although it is early in the season, everyone is getting to know my way of working and the players’ togetherness and application has been tremendous.
“Even in the face of some significant injury challenges, the whole squad has stood up extremely well with so many players making important contributions.”
Rodgers, speaking to the Celtic website, added: “Our focus now will be to continue this good work as we face some tough tests ahead.
“I would also like to take this opportunity once again to thank our fans for the great positive support they continue to give to the team.”