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Steven Gerrard odds on for Celtic reunion with old boss Rodgers

By Jim Gracey

Steven Gerrard remains a smart money favourite to link up again with his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

Bookmakers have made Celtic Park the most likely destination for the former Liverpool captain after his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy was confirmed.

Rodgers had an opportunity at the club's agm yesterday to refute speculation of a Gerrard reunion, rife in Scottish football.

But, significantly, the Carnlough man remained coy, further fuelling expectation of a short term move for the 36-year-old.

When pressed over whether there was anything concrete behind the bookmakers' odds - Gerrard is odds on with some firms to end up at Celtic Park - Rodgers refused to give anything away and at the same time talked up his former player.

Gerrard's old Anfield boss said: "I never speculate or speak about players coming into the club. I never have done and don't intend to start now - that will always remain private.

"The only thing I would say with regards to Steven, he has been an incredible player. I had him for a number of years at Liverpool and he was absolutely brilliant with me.

"As a young manager going into such a great club, having the captain and real senior player there, to be able to work closely together with him and learn about the club and work together on the field was fantastic.

"He decided to go to America and I'm sure he has had a good spell there. Steven will sit down now and come back and decide what he wants to do."

Gerrard is currently completing his Uefa A coaching licence and the Football Association, as well as Liverpool, hope to recruit him as a coach.

Rodgers added: “In terms of the speculation, I’m not sure where it’s come from.

“And of course there’s a natural look at Celtic because of the size of the club, and it’s a club he admired, and also I have some of my former players here working with me. But we always keep our business behind closed doors.”

Gerrard, however, ticks all the boxes outlined by Rodgers as part of his future vision to the club agm.

Rodgers is still trying to trim his squad with the likes of Kris Commons and Nadir Ciftci peripheral figures so he is looking for quality rather than quantity.

“The players we have are developing and they are only going to get better,” he said.

“But we certainly need a profile of player to really, really compete because the Champions League is a few steps up from where we are playing. I experienced that at Liverpool too, it was another level up from the most competitive league in the world.”

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