Gray: Rangers must make move to sign 32-yr-old Gerrard pal whose time is up at PL giants
By Richard Parks
Ex-Celtic defender Michael Gray has claimed Rangers should make a move to sign Wayne Rooney.
The former left-back made the suggestion on the Jim White Show on talkSPORT on Tuesday as the duo asked callers if the England and Manchester United legend could be a target for his pal Steven Gerrard.
It comes amid reports the Everton forward, 32, is growing frustrated with life under Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park.
Gray told talkSPORT: “If Wayne’s time is up at Everton, there’s no reason why Rangers shouldn’t put their name forward.”
One caller questioned if Rooney had the energy to cut it in Scotland top flight.
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Gray said he doesn’t think Gerrard will adopt Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp’s famous ‘Gegenpressing’ strategy at Rangers when he officially takes over as manager on June 1.
He added on talkSPORT: “You can’t be the exact model of Jurgen Klopp. You need 11 players to fit into the mould of what he’s achieved at Liverpool. That takes time.
“You can get a guy like Wayne Rooney and then get the guys around who’ve got the legs and the energy. He brings the quality.”
Football Insider verdict:
Rooney has cut an exceedingly frustrated figure at Everton this season after his romantic return to Goodison Park turned sour. He has played miles on the clock after spending half his life in the Premier League, where the demands on energy and fitness can be brutal. Will he be at Everton next season? Possibly not, although much will depend on the manager situation, as the likelihood appears that Sam Allardyce will be sacked and a new man brought in. Certainly, Rooney would be a brilliant signing for Rangers, given his calibre and pedigree. But Gray must have spent too long in the sun over the weekend if he thinks it’s a genuine possibility. Rooney has a contract at Everton that has another year to run and the word is that it is worth around £160,000-a-week. There is no way that Everton are going to pay that up to get him off the books, or the player is going to forego it to take a massive pay cut and move to Glasgow. Given Rangers’ top earner is said to be Carlos Pena on £25,000-a-week, there is zero chance of Rooney arriving for at least another year.