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Steven Gerrard linked with Celtic transfer

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may be offered the opportunity to sign for Celtic on loan before he begins his maiden season in Major League Soccer with new club Los Angeles Galaxy.

Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of this campaign to join the Galaxy on an 18 month deal after the veteran midfielder decided not to extend his long and illustrious stay at Anfield.

But, with MLS seasons ending in December, it could be that Gerrard choses to pursue a short-term move to a European club in order to remain in competitive action. And, according to the Sunday People, that club could be Celtic.

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Loan rangers

Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry before him have left MLS for a few months during the off-season, while Frank Lampard has been on loan with Manchester City before beginning his career in New York.

It would seem likely that Gerrard could continue a similar path and, while he would surely love to return to Liverpool as Henry did to Arsenal, it may prove worthwhile to join a club where he would play more regularly.

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The reason Gerrard is leaving Liverpool is because the club can no longer guarantee him the minutes on the pitch he desires, but Celtic would seem to be prepared to offer him some game time.

Deal makes sense

It is reported that those in the Celtic hierarchy have already held discussions regarding Gerrard, and are hopeful of bringing him to Glasgow on a similar deal to the one Lampard signed with City before heading to the USA.

Gerrard has been keen to stress that he would never join another Premier League side given his connection with Liverpool and, if a short-term deal at Anfield is not possible, then playing in another country is what he has to do.

A move to Celtic would make sense for Gerrard, although there are sure to be other offers, but only if he is promised game time. Celtic will have the Champions League to offer, something that even Liverpool might not have, and he would surely want one last tilt at European glory.

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