Manager of Celtic's Euro rivals plays down Rangers links
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Manager of Celtic's Euro rivals plays down Rangers links

Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen has refused to confirm whether there was any contact with Rangers over replacing Steven Gerrard at Ibrox – insisting he doesn’t know if there was any contact between the clubs.

Knutsen was one of many names touted as potential replacements for Gerrard when he left Rangers to take charge at Aston Villa in November, although he never appeared a serious contender ahead of Gio van Bronckhorst.

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The Norwegian was coy when asked whether there was anything to the suggestions, stating he was happy as Bodo/Glimt boss as they prepare to face Celtic in the Europa Conference League next month.

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“Was there any contact? I don’t know,” Knutsen said [Scottish Sun].

“I never talk about other clubs and I am happy to be the coach of Bodo/Glimt.”

Rangers’ decision to appoint Gio as manager has seen the Dutchman make a solid start on his return to the club and there likely isn’t anyone sitting wondering ‘what if’.

Knutsen might find himself in contention again in the future, depending on how things work out, and he’d do himself no harm at all by knocking Celtic out of the Europa Conference League and making it three European competitions they’ve been papped out of in a single season.

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