TalkSport host Alan Brazil has called suggestions that Steven Gerrard could come out of retirement and play for Rangers “crazy talk” – after the 37-year old was appointed manager of the Ibrox giants on Friday.
Gerrard hung up his boots in November 2016 after a season with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and has been coaching in Liverpool’s Academy since last year.
Brazil thinks if it was that easy to be a player/manager then “everybody would be doing it” as Gerrard prepares to take the reins on June 1st.
“I’ve heard it suggested that the best thing the new Gers boss could do for his team is pull his boots back on,” Brazil said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“Now, Stevie Gerrard was a world-class player. There’s no doubt about that.
“But could he still do it now, while also managing?
“That’s crazy talk as far as I’m concerned.
“If being a player/manager was easy, or a guarantee of success, everybody would be doing it.
“They aren’t, so that tells you everything”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard isn’t going to play and the people who think there is a chance he is are probably the same ones who think he’s going to get a nice easy ride in Glasgow as he learns the ropes as a rookie boss. After watching Gerrard regularly when he was playing for the Galaxy it was clear that the dynamic, hard-working midfielder he had been at Anfield wasn’t the same Steven Gerrard plying his trade Stateside. Physically, Gerrard found North America difficult with the huge amount of travel and wildly differing climates from city to city. Although that wouldn’t be something Gerrard would face in the Scottish Premiership, the game north of the border is a bit more rough-and-tumble than its star-spangled counterpart. As a manager taking charge of a side for the first time, and doing so at a club with the expectations and pressure like Rangers, then Gerrard will have enough on his plate than having to worry about keeping himself in top physical condition.