Steven Gerrard has revealed that contact with Brendan Rodgers has been reduced to just the occasional text message.
A year later Gerrard quit for LA Galaxy with Rodgers sacked by Liverpool early in the 2015/16 season.
Both men have moved to Glasgow to advance their careers with Rodgers winning seven successive trophies while Gerrard chases the first ever trophy win for the club founded by Charles Green in 2012.
Tomorrow they will be in opposite dug outs at Ibrox but as he starts out in management one former boss is out of reach for the former Liverpool skipper.
“As my former manager he would have been someone I leaned on just starting in management,” Gerrard told The Telegraph..
“I think it is difficult to do that now. Look, I had a good relationship when it was captain and manager but we never socialised beyond the training ground. You would exchange texts and speak, but it was not like you went for dinner or met for coffee.
“Last week I was on the phone to Rafa (Benitez) and had a few conversations. I spoke to him for about 20 minutes, talking about certain teams. I have spoken to Gareth Southgate while doing my pro-licence. I still speak to Alex Inglethorpe (LFC Academy Director) quite a bit, so yes, Brendan would also have been one of those people.
Gerrard added: “Because of the rivalry he would not want to tell me anything and I would not want to tell him anything. It is impossible to have that relationship with him. But we have exchanged texts on certain occasions over certain things.
“I think people want there to be an issue and problem between us, to see us go fiery, toe-to-toe on the line. Now if that happens in the game, it happens. We both want to win. I just think people assumed there would be fireworks.
“I am not saying there never will be because in a game of football you never know how you are going to react, but at the moment everything is respectful.”
Celtic go into tomorrow’s match three points ahead with a game in hand, Rodgers has won all four of his games at Ibrox.