Brendan Rodgers has refused to rule out a move to bring Steven Gerrard to Parkhead, with the Celtic manager remaining coy on the subject of a possible deal.
Gerrard confirmed he will be leaving LA Galaxy once his contract expires next month, prompting widespread speculation that the former Liverpool midfielder could be set for return to the UK.
Back in May, Rodgers admitted he would be keen on a reunion with the Liverpool legend but this week refused to comment on the fresh rumours linking the Hoops with a move for the 36-year-old.
"I never speculate or speak about players coming into the club," he said in quotes carried by ESPN. "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.
"In terms of the speculation, I'm not sure where it's come from. But players coming into the club will always remain private."
Rodgers has enjoyed a good start to life in Glasgow, with Celtic currently 10 points clear of second-place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand – a record lead at this stage of the season in the Scottish top-flight.
Celtic also have an outside chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the Champions League, though the Bhoys would need to beat both Barcelona and Manchester City to progress.
A place in the Europa League remains a possibility though, with the Hoops likely to be left fighting it out with Borussia Monchengladbach for third place in the group and a place in the next stage of the competition.
The additional demands of European football after Christmas, coupled with the club’s league and cup commitments could therefore be enough to convince Rodgers to pursue a deal for Gerrard, who will be available on a free and without the risk of being cup-tied in any competition.
For now though, Rodgers is refusing to give anything away, with important games against Barcelona at Celtic Park and Manchester City at the Etihad to come before the end of the year.
"I wouldn't tell you if there was anyway, but I suppose it's that time of the year now -- we are getting towards the January window and Stevie's time is finished out there at Galaxy -- so I'm sure there is speculation over where he might go.
"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."
Any deal for Gerrard would represent a major coup for the Glasgow club and would be the latest in a string of excellent additions made by Rodgers since taking over at the club.
Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have both excelled since moving north of the border, while the addition of Kolo Toure added some much-needed experience to the club’s defensive ranks.
Sign Gerrard and Rodgers may just seal his biggest Celtic transfer yet.
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