COMMENT By Richard Parks
Talk about bolt from the blue.
Few took it seriously when the odds on Steven Gerrard landing the Rangers job started to shorten earlier in the week.
It was the same even after the Liverpool icon became odds-on favourite on Wednesday, hours after Ibrox chairman Dave King was spotted celebrating a goal at Anfield in the 5-2 thriller against Roma.
But the link is now being taken super seriously after widespread media reports today claimed that Rangers have offered the job to Gerrard and he is mulling it over.
The Evening Times have some proper detail, claiming that a forma proposal was made in person to the 37-year-old by a Rangers delegation headed by director of football Mark Allen in Liverpool last Thursday.
Gerrard has not yet given an answer as he wants to know the transfer budget this summer and won’t accept until that’s been clarified.
The word is that Rangers are very keen to appoint the Premier League and England great, despite his lack of managerial experience.
It is an audacious move by King, Allen and company, a jawdropping one, in many ways.
The board have had their fingers burned by English Championship expert Mark Warburton, Portugese globetrotter Pedro Caixinha and, to a lesser extent, promoted youth-team boss Graeme Murty. A concerted move for proven Scottish Premiership boss Derek McInnes came to nothing.
Now, Rangers want some stardust, a bit of box-office appeal that will comfortably ensure Brendan Rodgers is no longer the biggest name in Scottish football.
Gerrard is ambitious and so, finally we see, are Rangers. It might come to nothing, but it is worth a shout.