Despite their return to the top-flight of Scottish football last season, Rangers continue to remain in Celtic’s shadow as the Hoops, under Brendan Rodgers, are on the verge of historic back-to-back treble triumphs and maintained their sheer dominance over the famous rivals in Old Firm derby meetings.
Rodgers, the former Liverpool boss, has indeed upgraded the quality at Parkhead and stretched the gap with league counterparts by miles. Rangers, on the other hand, were supposed to compete for the long-lost league glory but failed miserably under Pedro Caixinha that led to the Portuguese tactician’s dismissal midway through the campaign. Graeme Murty, the former caretaker boss, has been handed the managerial role until season’s end but the management is in search of a long-term successor who will develop at the grassroots and bring back those glory days at Ibrox.
As per latest reports, Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has been offered the role to be the next Gers’ boss and the legendary Englishman is not ruling out a move either. Gerrard, currently in charge of Liverpool U18s, is doing a commendable job in the academy ranks and has earned Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s applauds on several occasions. Gerrard, who rejected the managerial role at MK Dons prior to joining club’s youth set-up, has managed the U19s in the UEFA Youth League as well. He, however, seems to be prepared to introduce himself to senior management and the Rangers job might be the perfect platform to test his managerial skills at this stage.
The appointment at Ibrox will see him rivalling his former boss Brendan Rodgers and the ex-Reds skipper is plotting to bring in his former teammate Gary McAllister as the right-hand man. McAllister, the Scottish legend, is currently appointed in an ambassadorial role at Liverpool and had a brief spell as the first-team coach during Rodgers’ final few days at Anfield.
The appointment of Gerrard might still be a gamble but the urge to attain glory and his passion to make an impression in the coaching ranks make this a risk worth taking.