Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gerrard close to deal

Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA
Steven Gerrard. Photo: PA

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Steven Gerrard will tell Rangers within the next 48 hours whether he wants to take over as manager at Ibrox.

Gerrard was in Glasgow earlier this week to discuss their offer and to assess how he might take the club forward. Those conversations are thought to have been encouraging, edging Gerrard ever closer to signing a three-year contract.

However, he is taking some more time to make his decision, weighing up the potential of the Ibrox job with the resources available and whether Rangers' expectations that he could quickly end Celtic's dominance in Scotland are realistic.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has won the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award after a stunning debut season with Liverpool. The Egyptian winger becomes the first African to win the prize.

He is the first Liverpool player to win the award since Luis Suarez's stunning 2013/14 season - also the last time it wasn't won by a league champion - and only the third double award winner from the Anfield club after Suarez and Steven Gerrard.

Adam Lallana has been named in Liverpool's 23-man squad for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma following a spell out with a hamstring injury.

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