Scottish club Rangers axe boss Graeme Murty as Steven Gerrard speculation swirls

Scottish club Rangers axe boss Graeme Murty as Steven Gerrard speculation swirls

The prospect of Steven Gerrard taking the reins at Rangers has moved a big step closer.

Scottish Premiership football giants Rangers sacked manager Graeme Murty on Tuesday (May 1), with Liverpool youth coach Steven Gerrard widely tipped to be his successor at Ibrox.

BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker asked Gerrard on television this evening if newspaper reports over the last week, linking him with the job, were accurate. "I'm busy for a couple of days now, but the plan is to pick them up on Thursday and we'll see if we can progress it".

"If I was Steven Gerrard looking at that squad, and baring in mind they have got five loan players to leave as well as players out of contract and guys who are now on loan overseas to come back, I'd be thinking this is a £50million, £60million, £70million project", he said.

The job would represent a huge task for the inexperienced 37-year-old considering that he has never managed at senior level.

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The Gers are searching for a new manager after sacking former boss Graeme Murty in the aftermath of Sunday's 5-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic.

"The club hopes to be in a position to comment further on the managerial situation in the near future".

"Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson have already started preparing the team for the match against Kilmarnock on Saturday and they will be in place for the two remaining fixtures, against Aberdeen and Hibernian".

If Gerrard fails to have the desired impact - or even just fails to progress from where Rangers now stand, then the gap will just remain the same or widen even further - which is the last thing Scottish football needs.

"If it feels right, I think he can handle that pressure from his playing days, he's no stranger to that with the career he had in the game".

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