Reported Celtic target Jose Mourinho once called Rangers boss Steven Gerrard a champion

Former Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho during the Ligue 1 match between Lille and Montpellier at Stade Pierre Mauroy on February 17, 2019 in Lille, France.

Reported Celtic managerial target Jose Mourinho spoke highly of Steven Gerrard when the Glasgow Rangers manager was at Liverpool.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

According to The Daily Mail, Celtic are interested in appointing Jose Mourinho as their new manager.

It has been reported that the Hoops have made an offer to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid manager.

Rangers already have a blockbuster manager and a Premier League legend in Steven Gerrard, and Mourinho - who is one of the greatest managers of all time and is a box-office figure - will be another big game in Scottish football - if the Hoops are able to convince him to make the move to Celtic Park.

 

Mourinho and Gerrard know each other well, with the Portuguese manager having tried to sign the former England international midfielder as a player.

Back in May 2015, the former Chelsea boss revealed, as quoted in FourFourTwo, that he had tried to secure the services of Gerrard as a player as many as three times.

Mourinho also described the 38-year-old Englishman - who won the FA Cup twice, and the Champions League and the UEFA Cup once each with Liverpool - as a “champion”.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool shakes hands with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea as he is substitued during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg match between Liverpool and Chelsea at...

Mourinho told FourFourTwo in February 2015: "Speaking of Liverpool, it's my time to honour a champion, to honour Steven Gerrard. It's because of opponents like him, I am the manager I am. I learn from the best opponents, with the problems they give.

"It's the way they make me think, the way they make me analyse them. Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite enemies. I tried to bring him to Chelsea, tried to bring him to Inter, tried to bring him to Real Madrid."

Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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