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RODGERS PRAISES RIVAL GERRARD

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has praised his opposite number at Rangers, Steven Gerrard.

His former Liverpool skipper has been busy rebuilding the Ibrox squad after taking over from caretaker gaffer Graeme Murty in the summer.

Gerrard has brought in an astonishing FOURTEEN players to the club in a whirlwind four months that has impressed Rodgers.

He said: “I think Stevie’s done very well. He’s obviously had a look at it last season, spoken to the people involved and believed he would get investment to improve the squad.

“In his early steps, he’s done very well. With him and Mark (Allen, Rangers’ director of football) in there, that’s an important combination.

“He’s been able to bring in some good players.

“I liked Scott Arfield when he was at Burnley. Young Connor Goldson is a good player who I remember seeing at Brighton and it was unfortunate he was out the team for a little while. I always liked his quality.

“I know young Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria has come into midfield. I know Jon Flanagan well, too. So, he’s signed some good players which gives them a bit of physicality.

“They will gain confidence from the European qualification and it’s been a good start for them.”

Rodgers has faced Rangers 11 times since taking charge at Parkhead and remains unbeaten with nine wins and two draws.

He is hoping to add to that list in today’s High Noon showdown in the east end of Glasgow.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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