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Brendan Rodgers "surprised" by Steven Gerrard, Rangers link

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Brendan Rodgers warns Steven Gerrard to make sure that he chooses "the right club" for his first job in senior management, amid claims that he is wanted by Rangers.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted to being "a little bit surprised" by talk that Steven Gerrard is close to being named as manager of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

Gerrard, currently employed as Liverpool Under-18s boss, is said to have already held initial talks with the Gers over replacing Graeme Murty from the end of 2017-18.

The 37-year-old was Rodgers's captain during their time together at Anfield, famously coming close to winning the Premier League title in 2014, and the Ulsterman has warned his former player to make sure that he is choosing the right club for his first job in senior management.

"I was a little bit surprised when I saw it," he told reporters at Friday's presser when asked about the speculation. "If it is right then maybe Stevie feels it is the right club.

"He's always wanted to be a manager. I know from my time working closely with him at Liverpool that it was something he always wanted to do. He's lived with expectation all his life at Liverpool and as the captain of England.

"When you're starting out it's all about when you feel the time is right. It's not necessarily about the club, it's about the right club."

Jurgen Klopp, who replaced Rodgers at Anfield in October 2015, has given his full backing for Gerrard to take over as Rangers boss.

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