Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is reportedly in talks with Rangers to become their next manager in the summer.
The Liverpool legend, according to the Scottish Sun, is being lined up to replace fellow youth coach Graeme Murty who was appointed to the hot seat after the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.
If Gerrard does indeed make the move to Ibrox it will see him face his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who manages Scottish champions Celtic.
But comments earlier this month from chairman Dave King contradicts their desire to appoint Gerrard – despite him being a ‘box office’ signing.
Ahead of their semi-final defeat to Celtic, King claimed that the Rangers ‘board fully recognises the need for sustained stability in this area of the club. Whoever is appointed must be able to meet the unique challenges of managing Rangers and ensuring immediate success.’ And that ‘it is a priority that we commence next season with the best appointment we can make and that we move forward rapidly’.
Gerrard has no managerial experience and his only coaching role has been with Liverpool’s under-18 side following his retirement from football in 2016.
Talks are ongoing according to SunSport, but while fans will laud a potential arrival he is a huge risk for a board that is under increasing criticism for failings on and off the park.
'Celtic is my team'
Former Celt Andy Lynch revealed a brief meeting with the former England international in his book Hoops, Stars and Stripes, that Gerrard was a fan of the Parkhead club.
Calling the 37-year-old a real Celtic man, during a promotional event for his book, Lynch said: “….he is a real Celtic man. That took me by surprise when I met him at half-time during a Liverpool game at Stoke. I had travelled up from London with the club owners, Hicks and Gillett, to be guests of Liverpool. Gerrard wasn’t playing so at half-time he was introduced to me.
“It was him who brought up the subject of Celtic and you could see he was pretty excited talking about it. He said ‘that’s my team, that’s who I support.’
“Obviously, I’m sure he’s got a great love for Liverpool and I’m not saying Celtic would have been a greater love. But he was very adamant about his passion for Celtic and said whenever he gets opportunities he would come up and see them because that was his team when he was younger.
“Then he told me he has a Celtic strip framed at home and it has Lynch on the back of it.
“So I’m racking my brains thinking I have played in a few testimonials against Liverpool but it was before his time – and then it dawned on me.
“I said to him ‘that’s my son’s shirt’. When Simon was at Celtic he played in Ronnie Moran’s testimonial at Anfield. I don’t know where Simon’s put Gerrard’s shirt but the fact we know where that Celtic jersey is, says a lot.”
Celtic had been linked with signing Gerrard after he quit LA Galaxy in 2016, but the speculation turned out to be just that and no move was forthcoming just three years after the Celts had to turn down his request for the club to play in his testimonial.
The Glasgow side had to turn down Gerrard’s approach at the time as it coincided with their Champions League qualifiers and Olympiacos were drafted in instead.
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Last Ditch Tackle is unashamedly passionate about Scottish football, with a heavy Celtic slant.