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Former Liverpool Legend Leading Race To Become Rangers Manager: Right Man To Replace Murty?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Reports from The Sun claim that Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard is being considered for the permanent managerial seat at Rangers FC. The Ibrox-side have had to make do with interim-boss Graeme Murty this season and the results have been less than appreciative.

The Gers just got obliterated by their bitter rivals, Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final by 4-0. The fans and the media are already calling for the head of Murty who in his defence did not have the squad strength to compete with the Hoops all season.

While that may be true it is not the most shocking of revelations to hear that the ownership is looking for able replacements. However, is Steven Gerrard the answer to all their woes?

The man has just taken charge of the Liverpool youth team and is also tied to tv appearances for BT Sports. He even had to reject a similar job offer from MK Dons due to the lack of experience in the particular field.

His work resume is decorated with trophies and individual awards from all corners of England but it is not particularly the most stacked in as far as coaching is involved. Managing the Reds U18 side is just a starting point and the 37-year-old will have to go through the necessary steps before being even considered as a head coach, no matter how impressive his playing career might have looked like.

Gerard is in all sense of the word an ultimate professional. His 17-year associations with the Merseyside club alone will tell you about the dedication and loyalty he has towards the game and for the fans. Even when he made the switch to LA Galaxy for a single season, he remained a die-hard fan of his boyhood side and delivered football of the highest quality.

After retirement, he has filled in as a TV commentator and as a football pundit. Of course, everybody wanted to pick the brains of the England captain who has 114 caps for his country.

His expertise in the field is almost boundless but needs to be channelled properly which can only be achieved with the right amount of training. Even established coaches such as Zinedine Zidane and Ryan Giggs had to go through the development process before they could take on the responsibilities of Real Madrid and the Wales national team, respectively.

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While the headhunting process might have begun at the Rangers headquarters it would be wise for the board to start thinking about coaches who have already proven their worth in the top flight of European football.

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