“I wanted to assess. I’d no intention of doing anything, that was the reality.
“I wanted a couple of months out, but I’d options in England, some abroad, I’d two out in China which were opportunities with the game taking off over there.
“But I just wanted to wait until the end of the season and, thankfully, it worked out perfectly.
“Once Ronny Deila decided to move on, I got the opportunity to speak to Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell and the chance to come here.”
Rodgers added: “I wanted to be judged on my coaching. I’m very much an onfield coach. I want to improve players.
“The focus on you is great and sometimes it overspills. To come out of that I needed to come to a great club, one of the great clubs in the world.”