Friday 22 March 2019

Steven Gerrard confirms interest in Rangers job and will make decision in next 48 hours after positive talks

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard

Chris Bascombe

Steven Gerrard will give his decision to Rangers in the next 48 hours after more positive talks regarding his first senior managerial post.

Gerrard was in Glasgow earlier this week to discuss plans, assessing how he can take the club forward. Those conversations are thought to be encouraging, edging Gerrard ever closer to the role.

He is the choice of the Rangers board, desperately seeking to close the gap and end Celtic’s dominance.

Asked about recent speculation linking him with Ibrox, Gerrard said: "Yes, there is truth in the rumours. I've held initial talks with Rangers and the plan is to pick them up in a couple of days' time. We'll see.

"There is (interest). I've held positive talks with them. I'm busy now for a couple of days but I will pick it up on Thursday and we'll see if we can progress it."

Gerrard is ambitious, but has sought assurance before making what would be a huge leap from Academy football as Liverpool U18 coach into the Scottish Premier League.

It would be a coup for Rangers to tempt the 37-year-old from Anfield. He must weigh up the potential of the Ibrox job with the resources available and whether expectations of a shift in power is realistic.

After more negotiations on Monday, Gerrard is fulfilling his duties as pundit for BT Sport, heading to Rome to see if Liverpool’s current generation can replicate his feat of reaching the Champions League final. Gerrard did it twice as Liverpool captain, famously lifting the trophy in Istanbul in 2005.

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