Celtic's Chris Davies comments on Rangers' relationships

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic's Chris Davies says he can't be friends with Glasgow Rangers' Steven Gerrard since taking the job at Ibrox and becoming a Scottish Premiership rival.

Ranger's English manager Steven Gerrard (L) and Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers gesture on the side-lines during the Scottish Premiership football match between Celtic and...

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has suggested to The Scottish Sun that it's difficult to maintain a relationship with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, since coming to Glasgow.

Gerrard took the reins at Rangers back in May and is now an enemy of Davies and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, in football terms.

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The Hoops duo knew the 38-year-old from their time at Liverpool, where Davies left shortly after Rodgers was axed in October of 2015.

Gary McAllister, Gerrard's number two at Rangers, was also on Merseyside when Rodgers and Davies were around.

 

And the 33-year-old intimates to The Scottish Sun that his allegiances to Celtic mean that friendships with those on the blue half of the Old Firm divide must be shelved due to rivalry.

“I haven’t bumped into the guys yet, but it does change relationships," he said.

“The intensity of this city and the rivalry makes it impossible to be friends, as well as rivals. That’s fine. You need to focus on your club and team and that’s what we are doing.”

Michael Beale, a first-team coach at Rangers, is also among the Liverpool influence that Gerrard has taken to Ibrox, having been Under-23 manager for a time.

Celtic drew first blood in the head-to-head stakes last week, with Rodgers's side beating the Gers 1-0 at Parkhead.

Ranger's English manager Steven Gerrard (L) and Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (R) gesture on the side-lines during the Scottish Premiership football match between Celtic...

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