By Alex Stevens
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants to lure Steven Gerrard to Celtic in a sensational move, according to a report.
The northern Irishman is weighing up a swoop for the Liverpool legend to take on a player-coaching role at Parkhead next season.
The Scottish Sun claim Rodgers wants Gerrard, 35, to be his dugout number two and also bring his pedigree to the Celtic midfield.
Gerrard, who ended his 17-year spell at Liverpool in May 2015 after one of the greatest careers in the club’s history, is under contract to MLS side LA Galaxy until December.
It is said he could be tempted by an offer of a first coaching role as the former England captain has been open about his ambition to move into management when his playing career ends.
Rodgers was appointed the new Celtic boss on Friday afternoon after getting the job ahead of the likes of David Moyes, Roy Keane, Malky Mackay, Neil Lennon and Mick McCarthy.
Boyhood fan Rodgers jetted to London on Friday from his holiday pad in Majorca to meet up with Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell and other high ranking club representatives and formally put pen to paper on his contract.
The 43-year-old had already twice met with majority shareholder Dermot Desmond and verbally agreed to being Celtic’s 18th manager in 128 years.
Deila, who bowed out with a resounding 7-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday, announced last month he was standing down after two seasons despite leading the Hoops to their fifth successive title.
There have been calls for the newly-crowned Scottish champions to spend £20million on new players in a bid to reach the Champions League group stages.
But Parkhead chief executive Lawwell insisted the club will not spend beyond their means and take on debt.