Celtic manager has lauded the capture of Charly Musonda on an 18 month loan deal as a great coup for Celtic.
Rodgers, who had looked to sign the 21 year old in the summer, was delighted with the signing from his former club and thanked the Stamford Bridge side in the process.
Rodgers said: “There were around 24 clubs that were interested in taking Charly, so for him to want to come here and for Chelsea to very happily let him come to Celtic is a great coup for Celtic.
“It’s a really exciting prospect to the club. Charly is big talent I’ve known for a few years now, and it’s a big thank-you to Chelsea Football Club because he’s really one of the shinning lights in their academy and has progressed through with various loans and has been part of their first-team squad.
“It’s also a good opportunity for Charly to come into one of the great clubs and get the opportunity to show his talents. He’s a really exciting player, very dynamic, wonderful ability on the ball and works very hard. He loves his football and is a bright player.
“We’ve been unfortunate this season with injuries, where last season we probably got lucky with injuries. This year we had very few, and it’s been to a number of our creative players. So with Charly coming in, it will add that great creativity to our game and I’m really excited to work with him.
“He’s at that age now where he needs the opportunity. Kids get to a certain stage in their career where they want to play. Chelsea is a great club, with a whole hosts of top talents. Their academy director, Neil Bath, along with the other guys there, have done an outstanding job in creating many talents, and a lot of those talents have obviously gone on and played elsewhere.
“Of course, it’s very difficult for them to get a game at Chelsea with the level of player and the quality. With those clubs, they’ll want to send them out to teams that maybe have a similar philosophy and similar players.
“He’s up to speed in terms of playing. He’s not had so many starts but you can see the impact he had against Brighton. He made a wonderful pass to set up the fourth goal. He’s also a naturally fit boy as well and hopefully he’ll be available tomorrow night.”
Musonda will go straight into the squad to face Hearts on Tuesday night in the league and could make his debut in front of a packed Celtic Park.