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Brendan Rodgers signs three-year deal at Leicester City with Neil Lennon to take the helm at Celtic

© Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesBrendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City have confirmed that Brendan Rodgers will be their new manager.

The Northern Irishman, whose departure from Celtic was first reported this morning, has signed a three-year deal with the Premier League club.

He’ll be in the stands at their clash with Brighton this evening before taking charge ahead of Saturday’s match against his former club Watford.

It follows the sacking of Claude Puel on Sunday.

His position at Celtic will be taken by Neil Lennon on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Rodgers took on legendary status at the Hoops, having joined the Scottish Champions in May 2016.

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Brendan Rodgers won back-to-back trebles with Celtic

After winning the treble in his first season at the club, he repeated the feat the following season.

Rodgers presided over a full season unbeaten in domestic competition, eventually leading his side to a remarkable unbeaten streak of 69 games.

He leaves the club sitting top of the Scottish Premiership on a seven game winning run, having already secured this season’s League Cup.

While always stating that Celtic was his dream job, Rodgers seemed to have one eye on a return to the Premier League, where he had previously managed Swansea and Liverpool.

Rodgers took over at Swansea in 2010 having previously managed Watford and Reading.

He led them to promotion from the Championship and impressed in the top flight sufficiently to attract the attention of Liverpool.

Neil Lennon could be set to temporarily replace Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers joined the Reds in June 2012, coming agonisingly close to winning the league in 2014.

He left Anfield in October 2015 after a poor run of results.

With the departure of Rodgers, as well as assistant Chris Davies and coach Kolo Toure, Lennon is expected to be in the dug-out for tomorrow’s trip to face Hearts at Tynecastle.

According to The Sun, Celtic will receive £6million in compensation from Leicester for taking Rodgers away from a four-year contract signed in April 2017.