By Alex Stevens
Celtic captain Scott Brown revealed Brendan Rodgers sold his vision for the team during a two-hour dinner chat at the manager’s London home.
The new Celtic manager has begun preparations for his first season at the helm by holding talks with key players even though most are on holiday or on international duty.
The former Liverpool manager was appointed to the Hoops role three weeks ago and has yet to meet the majority of his squad in person.
Nevertheless, Rodgers flew Brown for a face-to-face meeting at his London home and has spoken on the phone to other players.
“It was a great meal,” Brown told the official Celtic website. “We sat down and chatted for a good couple of hours about the past and the future and what we’re looking to do, and he was spot-on with everything.
“It’s going to be exciting times. His ideas and philosophy are great and it’s going to help me and a lot of the lads in the changing room. I’m looking forward to it.
“He spoke about a lot of things, such as responsibilities, talking on and off the park, bringing the lads as close together as possible, making sure we have a good team morale and that we work hard on the park.”
With just five weeks to get his side in shape before they will be thrust into action in the second qualifying round of the Champions League on July 12, Rodgers told Brown the team’s priority this summer is to get the players up to speed.
“The main thing is to get as fit as soon as possible for the Champions League qualifiers,” Brown told the Celtic website. “We need to try and get through them to reach the Champions League as that is where this club deserves to be and hopefully we will be there this season.”
Rodgers has already moved into his office at the Hoops’ Lennoxtown training base, which comes after more than 13,000 jubilant Celtic fans packed into the main stand at Paradise to welcome Rodgers at his unveiling a fortnight ago.
In other Celtic news, a senior player is in talks to move to Spain.