Rangers are reportedly in talks with Steven Gerrard over their managerial vacancy – and he could go head to head with his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in the Old Firm next season if he takes the Ibrox job.
According to The Sun, Rangers are ready to turn to Gerrard as a replacement for the sacked Pedro Caixinha – seven months after the Portuguese coach was sacked.
It’s claimed Ibrox chiefs want Gerrard to revive their fortunes after the hotseat was kept warm by caretaker boss Graeme Murty. Murty has done a fine job in difficult circumstances – leading the Glasgow club to what could be a second-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership.
However, the potential appointment of Gerrard is sure to raise eyebrows among Rangers fans given the Reds legends’ lack of managerial experience. Since announcing his retirement in November 2016, Gerrard has coached Liverpool’s Under-18s and worked as a pundit for BT Sports.
However, The Sun claim Gerrard is not daunted by the size of the challenge facing him at Ibrox and it’s reported that talks between the 2005 Champions League winner and Rangers director of football Mark Allen are ongoing and an agreement is close.
Gerrard was linked with the Ipswich job last month and it seems he is ready to take the next step into management.
He has been tipped as a long-term successor to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, but it’s clear he will need to cut his managerial teeth at a higher level first – and it seems Rangers could be that crucial next step.
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Klopp has often spoke warmly about Gerrard’s merits, saying in January 2017 of his appointment to the club’s academy “Being a manager is a job you have to learn and when a person like Steven Gerrard and the player he was is ready to make the steps, that is wonderful news for football.
“Combining his playing experience with all the things he will learn from now on will be a bright future. It is brilliant.”