By Richard Parks
Steven Gerrard has sanctioned two Rangers signings after holding talks with with the club about sensationally becoming their new manager, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Liverpool icon, 37, has given his seal of approval to Ibrox chiefs completing the captures of Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
It is said that the two free transfer captures have been pushed by director of football Mark Allen but Gerrard was made aware of them during talks in Merseyside last week.
The Scottish Sun report that Rangers are working on a deal to make the Anfield Under-18s coach their new boss in place of Graeme Murty, who is set to step aside at the end of the season.
Allen is also close to completing the signings of experienced duo Arfield, 29, and McGregor, 36, within the coming days.
Arfield is expected to sign a three-year deal and McGregor is in line to be handed a two-year contract.
Football Insider verdict:
It is telling that Gerrard has given the green light to the captures of Arfield and McGregor, two players he will know well from his Premier League days. Both have top-flight experience and decent track records in the English top flight, and the Liverpool legend will know they could make a big impact at Ibrox, where the budget for signings does not compare with Celtic, never mind the English big hitters. The former midfielder is clearly being kept in the loop by Allen and the Ibrox top brass, although he will be taking soundings from those he trusts and respects over the coming days as to whether the job is the right one at the right time for himself.