Familiar Celtic foe appointed new manager of Champions League rivals

By Dave Flanigan

September 8, 2022

Celtic’s Champions League Group F rivals RB Leipzig have this morning confirmed the appointment of Marco Rose as their new manager following the sacking of Domenico Tedesco.

Despite winning last season’s DFB Pokal and reaching the Europa League semi-finals, Tedesco was sacked by the Bundesliga side after Tuesday’s 4-1 home hammering to Shakhtar Donetsk, with Rose approached quickly thereafter.

The Leipzig-born coach has signed a two year deal at the club along with assistants Alexander Zickler, Frank Geideck and Marco Kurth, who will look to arrest the club’s wretched form at the start of this season.

Rose is a familiar foe for Celtic. The 45-year-old was Red Bull Salzburg manager when they faced the Hoops in the 2018-19 Europa League, with the Austrian Bundesliga side finishing top as Brendan Rodgers’ side sneaked into second place to qualify for the knockout stages.

Following a successful two-year stint at Borussia Monchengladbach, Rose was last manager of Borussia Dortmund.

However, he was sacked after only one season and has been without a job since May of this year.

He’ll lead Leipzig to a doubleheader against Celtic next month, with the first tie on Matchday 3 in Germany on the 5th of October, followed six days later by the follow-up in Glasgow on the 11th.

Next up in the competition is a trip to Warsaw to face Shakhtar Donetsk for Celtic, whilst Leipzig travel to Madrid to face the competition holders Real on Matchday 2 on the 14th of September.

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