Speculation has continued to mount in recent days linking Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard with the Rangers managerial job.
The former England captain is reported to have already held preliminary talks with the Scottish side in regards to taking over the Ibrox hot seat at the end of this season.
Gerrard is currently working for Liverpool as an academy coach, although he has never hide the fact that he would one day like to manage the first-team.
The Reds hierarchy are also keen on the 37-year-old taking over the reigns at Anfield one day. However, with Jurgen Klopp having been handed a six year contract and the club progressing nicely under his stewardship, it seems Gerrard chances of taking over as manager will not be for a good few years yet.
According to Sunday Mirror journalist Andy Dunn, Liverpool have given their former Talisman their blessing to take the Rangers job as they see it as a kind of loan move that will see him return to Anfield in the future with the experience needed to coach at the highest level.
“It’s almost as though Liverpool are sending Gerrard out on loan,” Dunn told Sky Sports the Sunday Supplement.
“It’s like a player who is 18 or 19 years old and they go and have a year here or there.
“It’s like Liverpool have told Steven he’s not going to be the manager here for quite a while, so go out on what would be a good loan move for him.
“Go and get a taste of big crowds, big pressure, a local rivalry that is every bit as tense as Liverpool and Everton or Manchester United and Manchester City.
“I’m sure Rangers wouldn’t see it this way but its good experience for Gerrard for what’s going to lie ahead.
“Rangers is a really tough gig for your first managerial gig. You’re not just dealing with a team on the training ground and dealing with your media duties, there’s everything else that goes with managing an Old Firm team.
“The pressure must be very intense but it’s probably a job he cannot turn down.
“The end game for Steven Gerrard’s managerial career is managing Liverpool but Klopp is there for the long term and no one has any reason to disbelief that the minimum he will be there is the remaining four years of his contract through to 2022.
“Steven cannot wait there for four years, he has to go and do something.”