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Should Steven Gerrard take Rangers job? Charlie

2018-04-27 23:23:36


We asked Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson whether they believed Steven Gerrard should take the Rangers job, with the pair offering contrasting conclusions.

Sky Sports News understands the Liverpool academy coach is a contender to become the next manager of Rangers with initial talks between the parties underway, while he has been backed into 1/4 favourite for the position at Sky Bet.

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Celtic legend Nicholas believes it would be a great move for both Gerrard and Rangers, but Anfield hero Thommo has warned the fellow former Reds captain that it is more likely to jeopardise his chances of succeeding Jurgen Klopp than enhance them.

Here are the Soccer Saturday pundits' opposing views on the opportunity...

Charlie Nicholas - Gerrard coup gigantic for Rangers

They are going berserk up here in Glasgow because of it. I have to say I find it surprising that he'd jump at the chance but it would be a gigantic coup for Rangers.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers explains why he thinks Steven Gerrard is ready to manage a club as big as Rangers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers explains why he thinks Steven Gerrard is ready to manage a club as big as Rangers

People say he doesn't have experience but what does he really need before taking the job? The crowd would be all over it, the season tickets sales would rocket.

Every job has a risk. Anyone who takes that job is taking a risk, but I would be surprised if they did sway him.

As a Celtic fan it has a wow factor and him competing against Rodgers would be huge for Scottish football.

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Phil Thompson - More to gain from staying at Anfield

If I was to advise him I would say it is too early in his coaching role with very little experience. Rangers is an absolutely huge job and I don't think it's for him right now.

He could manage alongside somebody with that experience, but I can't see Rangers really competing with Celtic for five years and if you're always second to them then that's a lot of pressure and it's a very difficult first job.

If he did does harbour ambitions to manage Liverpool then he doesn't want to damage his opportunity, just like it did for John Barnes. I've seen it with so many people taking on those big jobs and it can do more harm than good.

I'd say get another couple of seasons of experience under your belt, maybe step up to the U23s, and hopefully if Jurgen Klopp has won the Champions League, he may have a couple more seasons in him and then step aside for Stevie to take over.

I just worry that whoever is the next Rangers manager is going to struggle, whereas he has the opportunity to work under Jurgen, perhaps up to the U23s then as his assistant, and the club have to have a plan for him.

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