Would hiring Rodgers see Southampton win race for Celtic's Dembele?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle as Celtic win 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

If Brendan Rodgers makes the move to Southampton from Celtic as reported could he bring Moussa Dembele with him?

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is being considered by Southampton to replace Mauricio Pellegrino following the Argentine's sacking on Monday (March 12), according to the Scottish Sun.

Saints vice-chairman of football, Les Reed, is a big admirer of Rodgers and is hoping to convince owner Gao Jisheng to make a move for the Northern Irishman.

Owner of Southampton Gao Jisheng during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Whether the Northern Irishman would be tempted into leaving the current Scottish Premiership leaders for a team just one-point outside the Premier League relegation zone following a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United remains to be seen.

Who could come with him?

If Rodgers does succeed Pellegrino at St Mary's would the 45-year-old then look to bring some of his current Bhoys players with him to England?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle as Celtic win 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

Well someone that the Hampshire club have been linked with before is Moussa Dembele, with the Mirror reporting in late December that they were considering a £20million move for the striker during the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old has scored 45 goals in 80 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops since a 2016 switch from Fulham and perhaps Rodgers could be the man to finally bring Dembele to the top flight of English football.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic reacts after missing a chance to score in the first half during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on March 3,...

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