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Gerrard says ‘lure’ of the Premier League too much for Rodgers to turn down

Steven Gerrard gave his reaction to the news that Brendan Rodgers was in talks to become the next Leicester City manager, with it confirmed after the Rangers bosses comments that the Northern Irishman had taken the Foxes job.

The Celtic boss has been in charge of the Glasgow outfit for two and a half years, leading the Hoops to tremendous success by winning the much vaunted Double Treble while at Parkhead.

It was evident that he would not be in Scottish football forever though, and it was revealed yesterday that Leicester City had zoned in on the Irishman as their number one pick to replace the recently fired Claude Puel.

Their Old Firm rivals will no doubt be happy to see the back of the former Swansea and Liverpool manager as they seek to end Celtic’s domestic dominance, but the Gers manager was not willing to make too much of his counterpart’s exit.

“I’ve just been made aware that he’s in talks with Leicester. For us, we just see how that pans out really,” Gerrard told a pre-match press conference.

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The last time Rodgers was in the Premier League he was managing a Liverpool side featuring Steven Gerrard, but the ex-Chelsea youth coach has decided it is the right time to return to the English top flight after four years away.

“It seems (that is the case), otherwise he’d have declined the opportunity to talk to Leicester,” Gerrard responded when asked if the offer was too much to turn down.

“My focus right now is Rangers and we’ve got a big fixture tomorrow against Dundee. That’s my main concern right now but we’ll keep an eye on how it pans out across the road.

“I’m not really surprised by the timing because these things happen. Brendan has done ever so well at Celtic over the years so it’s no surprise that other clubs are watching him and wanting to acquire his services. He’s done a really good job and I’ve worked with Brendan so I know he’s a very good coach.”

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