According to a report from the Daily Mail, Rangers’s board took Jurgen Klopp’s comments suggesting that Steven Gerrard should succeed him at Liverpool as a compliment.
Gerrard is in his second season at Ibrox. The Gers did not win a trophy last term. But they did appear to make significant progress, and they have taken a big step further forward this campaign.
Rangers lead the Scottish Premiership, have won one of their opening two Europa League group-stage games and have a place in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. Gerrard’s stock as a manager is definitely rising.
And his development has not gone unnoticed. Klopp told FourFourTwo last month that he would like to see the Englishman take over from him when his time at Anfield comes to an end.
Some clubs would probably take exception to their manager being backed for another job. But it appears that Rangers have actually taken a positive view of Klopp’s comments.
The Daily Mail reports that they have not taken exception to the German’s suggestion, and actually view the statement as a compliment.
The large majority of Rangers fans would have known when Gerrard was appointed that links with Liverpool were inevitable.
He is arguably the kind of figure who would have been in contention for the Reds job no matter how successful his managerial career had been up until the point at which the position became available.
It would be no surprise if Gerrard does ultimately end up back at Anfield. So the Ibrox faithful will probably just be delighted that he is vindicating Klopp’s comments.
There is a long way to go this season. But Rangers are battling on several fronts. And there is no question that Gerrard’s tenure is taking them much closer to being back at the summit of Scottish football.