Brendan Rodgers addresses the growing Steven Gerrard to Celtic talk

Glasgow club manager plays it down

BY Raf Diallo 15:49 Wednesday 16 November 2016, 15:49 16 Nov 2016

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Celtic manager Brendan Rogers has poured cold water on speculation linking former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to the club.

The 36-year old has left Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles Galaxy and the Hoops are one of the clubs linked to the former England midfielder, who worked under Rodgers at Anfield.

But the Celtic boss says he doesn't want to add to claims they could link up again.

"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," said Rodgers of Gerrard.

"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.

"In terms of the speculation, I'm not sure where it's come from. But players coming into the club will always remain private."

Gerrard confirmed his departure from LA on Tuesday after 18 months in an open letter to the team's fans.

In it, he simply thanked the fans and teams staff and did not address what the next chapter of his career will be.

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