RODGERS HAILS HAMPDEN DECISION

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has applauded the SFA’s resolution to remain at Hampden after agreeing to buy the stadium from Queen’s Park.

The Irishman said: “For me, personally, it’s a very good decision.

“I always enjoyed my times there, but it’s not only that. Over many years the game has been there and I think it’s good news for Scottish football.

“It’s good for the traditions of the game because there is just a feel around Hampden which is special. And, hopefully, over time they can find the funding to bring the stadium up to a standard everyone expects for modern-day stadia.

“There is a uniqueness to it, but I think everyone would ask: ‘Right, can we improve facilities there? Can we improve it in a way that can benefit the players?’

“You have a real special passion up here in Scotland.

“I have seen that going around many grounds as well as at Celtic, so to have the chance to use that as a national team in a more compact stadium with a passionate support would definitely help.”

Ironically, Rodgers’ captain Scott Brown slammed the decision earlier in the week when Murrayfield, the home of rugby in Edinburgh, had been put forward as an alternative venue.

The decision, though, was rubber-stamped on Tuesday with the SFA agreeing to pay Queen’s £5million for the ground.

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