Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has claimed that he supported Celtic growing up, but has now become a neutral due to Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, has had a stunning campaign at Anfield alongside die-hard Celtic man Andrew Robertson. The right-back has played a staggering 40 times already for Jurgen Klopp’s men this season (Transfermarkt).
Liverpool already have a decent Celtic connection already with the club. As well as Robertson, they also have Virgil van Dijk at the back who spent two years at Parkhead between 2013 and 2015.
However, speaking in an interview with British GQ, Alexander-Arnold confirmed that Gerrard’s position as Rangers manager has toned down his support of the Hoops.
“Growing up I was Celtic, but now, because of the connection [Steven Gerrard managing Rangers], I’m probably neutral up there now. But I’d say my favourite other team would be Barça. I feel as though they’ve got kind of the same values and beliefs as Liverpool.”
A little too easily swayed
Even if Alexander-Arnold had Celtic as his “Scottish side”, he couldn’t have been that much of a fan. If all it takes is for Gerrard to take up a position at our rivals, it’s fair to say he wasn’t the same kind of Hoops fan as the rest of us.
In all seriousness, however, this is likely how many down south now view us from a Liverpool side. Gerrard going to Ibrox will have many of their supporters and players hoping he does well. That’s regardless of whether they used to prefer Celtic or not.
In fairness, it would probably be the same for us if the likes of Scott Brown left to manage Everton. Plenty of Celtic fans who preferred Liverpool would rather see Broony do well and get one over on them whenever they played.
Fortunately for us, of course, it doesn’t look as though Gerrard is going to be realising any big dreams of trophy-laden success anytime soon. Celtic look on course to make it a quadruple treble, if we get the chance to finish things up of course.
Celtic sit 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership with only eight rounds of fixtures remaining. We’re also into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup too.
It remains to be seen how we do between now and the official end of the season. However, one thing’s for sure – it doesn’t look as though we can count on Alexander-Arnold’s support anymore!