Could Celtic really appoint Brendan Rodgers, close pal and ex-colleague of Rangers boss Mark Warburton?

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Brendan Rodgers is reportedly in the mix to become Celtic manager, and he is a man who Rangers manager Mark Warburton knows well.

Rangers' win over Celtic at the weekend sent shockwaves through Scottish football, a firm announcement that the Gers are back to compete, ahead of their Premiership return next season.

The Scottish Cup semi-final win has left Celtic boss Ronny Deila fighting for his job despite the fact they are on course to win a second league title under his management.

The Belfast Telegraph report former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is on the shortlist of potential names to replace Deila, and he is an especially interesting candidate because of his previous connection with Rangers manager Mark Warburton.

The pair worked together at Watford, where Warburton was given his first break in coaching, and progressed to become head of academy, the position he held when Rodgers was appointed as manager.

Rodgers went on to manager Liverpool and almost lead them to the Premier League title, before being dismissed in favour of Jurgen Klopp earlier this year.

The pair are still in contact, with Warburton telling the Teesside Gazette that he spoke with Rodgers ahead of Brentford's play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough last season. He said: "I spoke to Brendan last week too and got some fantastic advice from him. I’m very appreciative to have good connections."

Rodgers even tipped Warburton for Rangers success, telling a press conference reported by Inside Futbol: "Mark is a really good guy. He has an excellent knowledge of the game. He obviously worked in different fields and he's got a bigger picture than just football. He's an excellent coach, a very good man-manager and works well with the players.

"He's obviously gone to Scotland and he'll see that Rangers are a huge club with huge expectations. It's important to understand – and I'm sure he will have done – the great history of the club."

Warburton has so far met and surpassed expectations at Rangers, so much so that Celtic are weighing up their options.

Rodgers would be an intriguing appointment, and while fans should not expect firework arguments between he and Warburton, their competitive nature would make them determined not to land up on the losing side.

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