BRENDAN RODGERS was an inspired choice as Celtic manager, admits ex-Sevco Rangers assistant boss Davie Weir.

The former Ibrox skipper was Mark Warburton’s No.2 when the Ibrox side claimed a shock Scottish Cup semi-final penalty-kick shoot-out success over the Parkhead side following a 2-2 draw two years ago.

Ronny Deila paid for the flop with his job as the champions brought in Rodgers – and Weir admitted it will be “really difficult” for his old side to close the gap on the Hoops while the Irishman is in charge.

The former Swansea and Liverpool gaffer is unbeaten in nine games against the Govan outfit, winning seven and drawing two. He is looking for the eighth triumph when the sides meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Weir, who left Ibrox with Warburton in February last year, was asked about the chances of his former team stopping the Parkhead juggernaut and he answered: “I think it will be really difficult.

“Brendan Rodgers is a top manager. He has a method in regards what he does.

“He has the respect of the players, the club, everybody and he is setting the bar high. Celtic’s managerial appointment was really good. Obviously, a lot of thought and planning went into it.

“They picked the right man at the right time and he has shown their faith was right.”

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