‘GERRARD WON’T FAZE BRENDAN,’ MALONEY

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BRENDAN RODGERS will not alter Celtic’s preparations for the new season following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the Ibrox club’s fourth manager in two years.

Hoops youth coach Shaun Maloney dismissed suggestions the Irishman may shift his focus with the arrival of his former Liverpool skipper in Glasgow.

The former Scotland international midfielder, who had two spells as a player at Parkhead, said: “Our preparations for next season will already have started a month, two, three months ago.

“I don’t think that will have changed regardless of who Rangers appointed as their manager and their signings.”

Maloney, 35. returned as Under-20 coach last summer following previous successful stints at the club that brought five Premier league titles.

Looking forward to Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell, he praised Rodgers’ players and said: “Seven in a row is a really excellent feat. They should be very proud.

“Before the manager came in, you couldn’t imagine how well it would go in terms of the trophies won. If the double treble can happen it would be beyond what we all expected, but we’ve got a tough match to come.

“We obviously need to kick on. As a team, I’m sure we’re looking for next season already, and that’s where the challenge will come.”

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