Frank Lampard: Rangers job "great opportunity" for Steven Gerrard

02 May, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been strongly linked with the role and is long odds-on to be appointed Rangers boss.

The former Liverpool and England captain, who is now in charge of the Under-18s side at Anfield, plans to hold further discussions with the Scottish Premiership club later this week.

Asked about reports linking him with the post, Gerrard told BT Sport: "Yes, there is truth in the rumours".

"The plan is, obviously I'm busy for the next couple of days now, but I'll pick it up on Thursday and we'll see if I can progress it". But, even if the 37-year-old, who is now the under-18 coach at Liverpool, accepts the job this week, he will not take charge until June.

Murty was initially installed as interim boss in October following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha, before being handed the role until the end of the campaign in December.

The Hoops have proven this season that there is still a sizeable gap between the two Glasgow clubs, highlighted by the 5-0 thrashing in Murty's last game in charge, and as Scotland's two biggest sides, it means there is still no real challenger for Brendan Rodgers and his men.

Rangers said they hope to be able to release news about Murty's successor "in the near future".

"Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson will take charge of the team for the three remaining matches of the season".

"Graeme has had to contend with hard and challenging circumstances but conducted himself in a thoroughly professional manner".

Lampard feels that the time is right for Gerrard to quit Anfield and test himself north of the border, however, telling talkSPORT: "In terms of the size of the club and knowing Steven pretty well, I think it's a great opportunity for him".

Gerrard turned down the opportunity to manage MK Dons back in 2016 following his retirement from football, citing it was too early for him to step into full-time management.

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