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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers eyeing Steven Gerrard reunion

By Robert Jones

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers could once again link up with Steven Gerrard as the Ulsterman is reportedly interested in bringing his former Liverpool captain to Parkhead.

Gerrard, who is rumoured to be homesick in Los Angeles where he is currently playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS, came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title in 2014 under Rodgers' guidance and the two have remained on good terms since the former England midfielder left Anfield last June.

Carnlough man Rodgers was axed by Liverpool in October - being replaced by Jurgen Klopp - and enjoyed a break from the game before taking up the Celtic reins last week following Ronny Deila's two-year tenure.

And one of his first acts as Bhoys manager may be to bring in Gerrard as coach/player as he aims to lead his new side into the Champions League group stages for the first time since fellow Northern Irishman Neil Lennon achieved the feat in his last year in charge.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown, meanwhile, believes the appointment of Rodgers will spark an influx of big-name players.

And Brown revealed the club's recruitment of the former Swansea and Liverpool boss has been met with unanimous delight by the rest of his team-mates.

The midfielder said: "I was down in London when I heard and it's great news. The lads are in a group chat and we speak quite a lot and we are all delighted with Brendan coming in. It will be a fresh start for everyone and everyone will have to prove their worth.

"It's definitely exciting. The players he will attract himself will be huge and everyone seemed to love his coaching at Liverpool and Swansea so it will be great for us to learn off him.

"He has done really well with his previous clubs, almost winning the league at Liverpool, and he has Champions League experience. Hopefully he comes here and we can continue to win leagues and cups and get into the Champions League."

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