Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has admitted he has been shocked by Steven Gerrard’s willingness to become the next Rangers manager with reports saying that the Liverpool legend is on the verge of replacing Graeme Murty at Ibrox.

The Daily Mail has reported that Gerrard could be announced as the next Rangers boss as early as next week and the current Liverpool Under-18s coach has already planned on making Gary McAllister his assistant manager in Govan.

Nicholas believes that although Gerrard is a self-confessed Celtic supporter, he would still be a major addition at Ibrox, and not just in a coaching capacity as it would also see more fans take to Ibrox every week.

“They are going berserk up here in Glasgow because of it. I have to say I find it surprising that he’d jump at the chance but it would be a gigantic coup for Rangers,” Nicholas said on the Sky Sports website.

“People say he doesn’t have experience but what does he really need before taking the job? The crowd would be all over it, the season tickets sales would rocket.

“Every job has a risk. Anyone who takes that job is taking a risk, but I would be surprised if they did sway him.

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“As a Celtic fan it has a wow factor and him competing against Rodgers would be huge for Scottish football.”

Football Insider verdict

Gerrard has already got experience at coaching level, but there will not be anything to prepare him for what he is about to be hit with at Ibrox. He does have an interest in Scottish football so he may have a good idea about what to expect, but being in the midst of it is all going to be a shock to someone who turned down MK Dons two years ago because it had come too soon for him. Mark Allen seems like he is going to take even more of a role when it comes to recruitment and anything away from the training ground. It’s a massive risk, but even going for someone who ‘knows the club’ like Derek McInnes or Frank de Boer would have been the exact same. No one knows how it will pan out.

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