Rangers want to make Steven Gerrard their manager, as confirmed by the man himself while speaking on BT Sport.
There’s no doubting that as reports have regularly linked him to it over the last week, leading to Gary Lineker asking the Liverpool legend live on air last night.
He said he’d had initial talks and would continue those on Thursday once his media duties were finished with the TV broadcaster.
And you’d expect those to go well as Rangers look to name their replacement for Graeme Murty, following his departure from the role yesterday.
While there appears to be widespread derision around the potential appointment, here’s our case for Gerrard at Rangers being worth the risk:
1 – It’s Steven Gerrard
When a legend appears willing to take on the job at your club, should you ever knock him back? Of course, there are countless examples of it going wrong, but there are also countless examples of it going well – and Rangers will obviously be hoping that happens with Gerrard. Just look at recent examples of Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane and Neil Lennon – they all got big jobs with little to no experience, but turned out to be naturals. If Gerrard can do something like that, there’s a huge upside for him and the club.
2 – He Has Time
Provided there’s a realism met with his appointment, Gerrard has time to build his own Rangers. If he’s appointed with the immediate expectation that he’ll stop eight-in-a-row for Celtic then it’s wrong. That would require a short-term miracle. If they expect him to simply stop 10-in-a-row, then he might have a chance.
3 – He’s a Bigger Draw Than His Predecessors
Ally McCoist, Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Murty have all come before Gerrard, but none of those names carry the same weight as the Liverpool man’s. He’s renowned across the world no doubt for his playing career and given he’s not long retired, that should remain for many of the players he’d look to bring into the club. It’s an easy, and perhaps lazy point to make, but playing for Gerrard holds a lot of weight when it comes to negotiating with potential new signings.
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