Brown: Fear of Rangers forced Celtic into managerial appointment

Former Rangers defender John Brown believes the appointment of Brendan Rodgers at Celtic was in direct reaction to their Old Firm rivals returning to the top flight of Scottish football.

Brown won nine Scottish Premier League titles in a row with Rangers in the 1990s, and with Celtic currently on a winning streak of five consecutive titles, he doesn’t believe they will go one better than he did and get 10.

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He told the Scottish Sun:

“I think that Celtic have brought in Brendan Rodgers because they see a real threat in Rangers. Celtic fans are looking to make it 10 in a row, which I don’t think they will achieve.”

“Rangers have been out of the league for a while and it’s been pretty easy for Celtic. Now they have brought in Rodgers to keep the momentum going. I think he’s a very good manager. He will improve Celtic, so Rangers will have a big fight on their hands next season.”

Mark Warburton’s side defeated Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi final in April, hastening the exit of manager Ronny Deila.

His replacement, Rodgers, is likely to make significant changes to the playing squad as he looks to strengthen ahead of the Champions League qualifiers in mid-July before the start of the new Scottish Premiership season.

The return of the Old Firm derbies will surely breathe new life into the league when the next campaign begins.