THE odds on Celtic winning 10 successive Premiership titles have been slashed to 5/1 after the announcement of Brendan Rodgers’ appointment.
The former Liverpool manager, who was named as Ronny Deila’s successor yesterday, is rated 6/1 to win the domestic Treble in his first season as Hoops gaffer – just as Martin O’Neill did in his first season in 2001.
Rodgers might hope to emulate his fellow-Irishman’s feat of completing the league with 97 points – FIFTEEN ahead of second-placed the old Rangers.
The bookies, though, will offer odds of 1,000/1 Rodgers leading the Hoops to a Champions League triumph in his first season in charge.
Former Parkhead hero Peter Grant is another who is thrilled with the capture of Rodgers on a 12-month rolling contract.
He said: “Brendan bought into the Liverpool passing tradition because he knew that was what Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and others had enbedded in the club.
“That’s why I’m sure he’ll be following the tradition of Jock Stein, Billy McNeill, Davie Hay and Tommy Burns. All these guys played the Celtic way, they were brought up in that tradition.
“I have no doubt Brendan was steeped in that through his Reading connection with Tommy. Brendan learned a lot from him. He was a disciple of the same football philosophy.
“They shared a work ethic. They always wanted the best and had an idea about how their team should play. It will be in the best traditions of Celtic.”
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