Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has fired back at suggestions that Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers boss will keep his Celtic side on their toes – blasting that it is “not even a conversation” after Aberdeen pipped the Gers to second in the Scottish Premiership.
The Dons secured second in the table after a surprise win at Celtic Park – their first in 14 years – to end Celtic’s two-and-a-half year unbeaten domestic record at home.
Rodgers insists everyone should talk about Aberdeen’s threat to Celtic rather than Gerrard’s imminent arrival on June 1st – insisting Derek McInnes has done a “brilliant job” at Pittodrie.
“It’s not even a conversation. It’s not a conversation. Talk about Aberdeen. Aberdeen were second. Derek McInnes has done a brilliant job so you should talk about them,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Football Insider verdict:
Rodgers seems a little rattled that people are suddenly suggesting he might be under some pressure with the appointment of Gerrard across the city. The hire of the former Liverpool captain has added to the pressure on Rodgers and there is much less room for error for the Celtic boss. With Gerrard already getting to work on strengthening his squad, Rodgers’ reticence to speak about the Gers publicly as a possible threat won’t be the same behind closed doors and the Hoops boss will be taking the risk posed by Gerrard’s appointment very seriously as he looks to secure his third – and Celtic’s eighth – successive Scottish title. As well as Aberdeen done last season, there won’t be many at Celtic Park who seriously view them as their biggest challenge next season – although it helps curry some favour with some of the more vocal Celtic fans by putting the soundbites saying exactly that.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.