The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Kop idol in pole po­si­tion for Rangers hot­seat

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Steven Ger­rard is the “fron­trun­ner” to be­come the next Rangers boss, ac­cord­ing to club sources.

It is un­der­stood the for­mer Liver­pool and Eng­land skip­per has jumped straight to the top of the club’s wish list af­ter talks be­gan last week.

The 37-year-old hung up his boots af­ter a 12-month stint with LA Galaxy and has spent the time since cut­ting his teeth with the un­der-18s team at the Reds.

Rangers chair­man Dave King was spot­ted at An­field on Tuesday night as Liver­pool took on Roma in their Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal – a match where Ger­rard was work­ing as a tele­vi­sion pun­dit. Now he has emerged as the lead­ing can­di­date to take over at Ibrox.

Talks are at an early stage but Rangers have made it clear they are in­ter­ested in hand­ing Ger­rard his first chance at first-team man­age­ment.

Graeme Murty re­mains the man in charge hav­ing been asked to step into the Ibrox breach fol­low­ing Pe­dro Caix­inha’s sack­ing last Oc­to­ber – but his days in Glas­gow’s south side ap­pear num­bered.

The book­mak­ers have al­ready in­stalled Ger­rard as the odds-on favourite to suc­ceed the Light Blues’ for­mer academy boss in the Go­van hot­seat.

For­mer Rangers man­ager and cur­rent Scot­land boss Alex McLeish says Ger­rard will have to learn on the job if he does make the move to Scot­land.

He added: “He knows the game in­side out but as re­gards coach­ing, then I’m sure he has got some things to learn. He won’t have all the an­swers for that, but I’m cer­tain that some day he could be a great man­man­ager.”

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Steven Ger­rard: Cur­rently at Liver­pool un­der-18s

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