It’s reported that Steven Gerrard has made his decision and will imminently be confirmed as the next manager of Rangers, leaving his role at Liverpool as under 18’s manager at the end of the current season.
The Sunday Mirror believe that a deal has been agreed for Gerrard to take his first step into first team management at Ibrox, which is a brave move for someone with just a year of coaching experience to take.
The pressure will certainly be on at the Scottish Premier League giants, despite expectations not being particularly high given the current lack of quality and failure to compete with Celtic, and as such Gerrard must be respected.
First of all, it is a significant step that Gerrard is moving away from his Merseyside comfort zone, where a clear path of progression has been laid out for him within Jurgen Klopp’s set-up.
Whilst many players of similar stature have expected to walk straight into their dream job, the former midfielder is willing to take a risk and move to a league that he does not know in order to learn.
Similarities can immediately be drawn to his Liverpool exit as a player. Then, he knew that, rather than not yet being ready for the main role at Anfield, he could no longer be at his best, and so went to LA Galaxy to sample another culture and aim for more success.
His time in Major League Soccer was disappointing for all involved, and it does not bode well ahead of Gerrard’s latest gamble.
The Liverpool job that the Scouser is obviously dreaming of remains some way off and he likely knows that he must cut his teeth before ever being in the frame, and Rangers could be the opportunity to do just that.
Despite that, Rangers are some distance away from competing with his former manager Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic side. Gerrard’s reputation may help to persuade players to join him, but he lacks the knowledge of the Scottish leagues and the connections to bring in the quality that is needed.
Right from the off, Gerrard will have his work cut out. Whilst the club have not shown much patience or loyalty to recent coaches, Gerrard will bring something new to the dugout in his reputation. It is clearly a brave gamble from the former Liverpool captain, but he’ll be hard pushed to avoid it all ending in failure.