Gerrard warned that not even Guardiola could make Rangers compete with Celtic

Speculation continues to intensify about the possibility of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard becoming manager of Scottish side Rangers.

Talks between the two parties are said to be currently underway and as we reported yesterday Liverpool have given their former captain their blessing to move North as the Reds hierarchy see it as a kind of loan move.

The Anfield club believe a move would be beneficial as their current youth coach will gain the type of high level managerial experience that he can then use to eventually take over as Reds boss once current boss Jurgen Klopp’s reign is over.

However, former Celtic striker John Hartson has warned Gerrard that even a manager like Pep Guardiola would struggle to compete against Brendan Rodgers Celtic with this current Rangers squad.

Hartson did also go on to say however, that one positive about taking over at Ibrox would be that surely things can only get better for the 54 time Scottish Champions after their dismal performance this season.

“Pep Guardiola couldn’t do that,” said Hartson.

“Rangers are dire. They were embarrassing in the semi-final, their most senior players were embarrassing. Sunday, they were embarrassing.

“It’s a mismatch at the minute. Rangers are in turmoil, on and off the pitch. They need serious investment. They need a lot of things. Celtic are flying on and off the pitch. They are a long, long way behind.

“Steven Gerrard will look at that and he’ll say, if he takes Rangers, ‘I can only go one way, and that’s up’. They can’t get any worse. And that’s why if he took the job I don’t think it would do him any harm. He is going to a great club with huge backing, fans-wise.”

“Their best player was out on Sunday, Declan John, and they got him from Cardiff, initially on loan. And he wasn’t even in the Cardiff City team.

“He’s been Rangers’ best player this season. That’s what you are working with. He has done very well, I know him from the national team, Wales.”

“It’s up to Steven whether he wants to wait another four years and work with the young players at Liverpool,” Hartson said. “Maybe he might get an opportunity to manage the Liverpool first team, there are no guarantees, if Klopp decides to go away.

“I see it as a wonderful opportunity. He can only take them up, he can’t make them any worse.

“I think there will always be a place at Liverpool for Gerrard, so if he fails drastically like the last two managers, Murty and (Pedro) Caixinha, then I don’t think it will damage him too much. Because Pep Guardiola couldn’t improve Rangers at the minute. I don’t think they have the quality within that group.”


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