Celtic

By Harry Sykes

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier has hailed manager Brendan Rodgers as a “remarkable catalyst” in the club’s annual report.

Reflecting on Rodgers’ opening 15 months at the helm, the Hoops chief raved about the impact of Rodgers, who had taken over a team who had already won five consecutive league titles.

Bankier is in no doubt that the former Liverpool manager has taken Celtic to new heights as he pointed out the achievements of the team in the subsequent period.

“On behalf of the Board I warmly congratulate Brendan Rodgers, his staff and the players on a truly remarkable season during which we achieved an Invincible Treble, a sixth consecutive league championship and consecutive qualifications for the group stages of the Champions League,” the chairman wrote in his statement in the report.

“Whilst the fundamentals that were in place at the Club when he joined with his staff were strong, Brendan has been a remarkable catalyst.”

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The return of Champions League football had a huge effect on the club’s annual revenues and profits.

Cetlic announced the figures on Wednesday after posting their final financial results for the year ending June 30, 2017, which showed an eye-watering 74 per cent year-on-year increase in group revenue from £52million to £90.6million.

The club’s profits increased from £500,000 in 2016 to £6.9million and the report also showed £5million more had been spent on “investment in football personnel”.

In other Celtic news, former Hoops striker Craig Bellamy has revealed how long he thinks it will take Rangers to topple the champions from the summit.

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