Rangers hope to announce Steven Gerrard as their manager this upcoming week after they agreed a deal with the former Liverpool captain. The current Liverpool coach was contacted last week by the Scottish Premiership side, who, according to Goal, now hopes to finalise the deal this week.
Gerrard hasn’t hidden his desire to go into first-team management after a productive time with the Liverpool academy. The 37-year-old had been linked with a number of English Football League teams, but had insisted he would move when the time felt right, and that seems to be now.
Should the move go through as anticipated, Gerrard would come up against former manager Brendan Rodgers, who manages Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic. Rangers haven’t beaten Celtic since gaining promotion in 2016, and will watch on as their rivals bag another league title. It’s a cause they hope to rectify next season, as Gerrard will be joined in the summer by midfielder Scott Arfield from Burnley and goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Hull City.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he wouldn’t stand in Gerrard’s way should he opt to leave, while some former players have expressed scepticism over the move.
Gerrard played for Liverpool for almost two decades, and is expected to appoint former Reds teammate Gary McAllister as his assistant.