Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted that Celtic were his favourite Scottish club while growing up, in conversation with GQ.
However, the Reds man is now “neutral” given Anfield legend Steven Gerrard is now the manager of Rangers.
Alexander-Arnold, one of the Liverpool academy’ greatest success stories of recent years, gave an interview with GQ in which he talked about numerous topics.
One of those was about his favourite other team, and was asked whether he had a Scottish team.
“Growing up I was Celtic, but now, because of the connection (Gerrard managing Rangers), I’m probably neutral up there now,” replied the 21-year-old.
“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.”
Gerrard tipped Alexander-Arnold for stardom while working at Liverpool’s academy, telling the Liverpool Echo: “I was lucky to have a few days around Trent during his academy days and he stood out.
“Of course people always talk about his technique and the stuff they see, but I saw something in this kid that was more about character.
“So talent will get you to a certain place, but I seen that he had the fight, the desire and commitment and that is what will keep him there consistently throughout what will hopefully be a long career.
“The talent is so obvious but I saw something different in him and it was more to do with the character and that is the reason why he is where he is.”
Liverpool and Celtic are both leading their respective leagues by huge margins.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, while Neil Lennon’s side is 13 points ahead of Gerrard’s outfit, which suffered a major downturn in form this calendar year.
Celtic fans will likely appreciate how Alexander-Arnold loved Celtic as a youngster, while his shift towards neutral is understandable given Gerrard is now at Rangers.
Given how dominant the Bhoys are, the full-back will surely have mixed feelings of things north of the border.
While his second boyhood team is flying high and winning trophies left, right and centre, Gerrard is facing the biggest challenge of his fledgling managerial career at Ibrox.