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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Steven Gerrard has “always wanted to manage” as the Liverpool icon looks set to take the reins at Ibrox, according to reports.

ESPN claim Gerrard has a four-year contract offer on the table to take the reins at Ibrox and Rodgers believes that if Gerrard thinks it is the “right opportunity” then he will look at it – but insisted he hadn’t spoken with his former captain about it.

The 37-year-old looks set to replace Graeme Murty in the Ibrox dugout in the summer – despite his lack of experience – and Rodgers has boldly predicted that it’ll be the first stop in a managerial career destined for Anfield.

“From Stevie’s perspective, I know he has always wanted to manage,” Rodgers told Talksport.

“He started his badges with Kolo Toure when we were all working together at Liverpool, and certainly it’s something that will happen in the future.

“I’m sure one day he will go on and manage Liverpool.

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“But it’s all about timing for Stevie. If he feels this is the right opportunity I’m sure he’ll look at it, but I haven’t spoken to him about it.”

The Liverpool Under-18s manager recently attended Ibrox to watch the Gers lose 3-2 to bitter rivals Celtic as well as bringing his Reds side up to face the Light Blues’ Under-20s.

The Light Blues currently find themselves in third in the Scottish Premiership, three points off second-placed Aberdeen, with only three games left in the season.

Football Insider verdict

Rodgers probably has as good an idea as anyone over whether Gerrard has the skillset to cope with managing one half of the Old Firm after working with him as his playing career wound down at Anfield. The former Liverpool skipper still seems like a pretty bizarre choice given where Rangers are – although with a lack of other realistic alternatives there doesn’t appear to be many other options. If Gerrard does take the reins then he is going to have to hope he can hit the ground running because there’s little chance of a honeymoon period to settle in.

In other Rangers news, Dave King must improve his offer to Gerrard after an English club joined the hunt to appoint the Liverpool icon.

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