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RODGERS LINKED WITH MEXICAN ACE

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers, on the look-out for new players in next month’s transfer window, has been linked with Mexican defender Edson Alvarez.

The Club America centre-half scored a double against rivals Cruz Azul – managed by former Rangers gaffer Pedro Caixinha – to secure the Liga MX crown last week.

The Mexican international, who can also perform as a midfield anchorman, is being watched by a number of European teams and the Scottish champions are reported to be among his admirers.

The 21-year-old versatile star is closing in on 100 club appearances and has played 20 times for his country.

Alvarez started all three of Mexico’s World Cup group games in Russia in the summer. Ironically, he scored an own goal in the final encounter against Mikael Lustig’s Sweden.

Rodgers is looking to strengthen the defence with Dedryck Boyata’s future uncertain as he comes out of contract in June and will be allowed to talk to interested clubs next month.

Filip Benkovic is on loan from Leicester City, but could be recalled in January while Marvin Compper, bought for £1.2million from RB Leipzig just under a year ago, clearly has no future at the Hoops.

The one-time German international has made one appearance for the club – the 3-0 win over Morton in the Scottish Cup in March.

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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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