According to a report in the Sunday People, Celtic are planning to offer Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard a chance to play for them on loan during the MLS’s off-season.
The Reds great is leaving Anfield this summer for a stint at LA Galaxy, but with the American season running from March until December, the midfielder could seek competitive action in the interim.
At first glance the rumour seems strange but there are actually some very good reasons why a Celtic bid would make sense.
No return to the Premier League
With 670 appearances for Liverpool to date, Gerrard was never going to return to the top flight in rival colours. The 34-year-old is Liverpool through and through and for that reason, a loan move to Scotland would be a sensible one.
It would allow Gerrard to return to Great Britain but not have the difficult task of turning out against the club he dearly loves.
Champions League football
Celtic’s ongoing presence in the Champions League should not be understated in any alleged pursuit of the Liverpool captain.
Gerrard would surely love to hear that iconic music prior to kick-off a few more times and at Celtic he could do that, while also using his experience to potentially guide them further in the competition.
The lure of Celtic
Celtic’s reputation as a football club could be the deciding factor, certainly if Gerrard wants to play for another great side while not upsetting the Anfield faithful.
This could be a move that suits all parties, but as things stand it is merely hypothetical; although it makes for some interesting debate...