Rangers and Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has claimed that Steven Gerrard will be a ‘God’ if he accepts the reported offer to become Gers manager and gets the job “half right.”
According to ESPN, Gerrard has a four-year deal on the table and Souness insists the 37-year-old would be joining an “institution” if he moves to Ibrox.
Souness made his first step into management as player-manager at Ibrox in 1986 and is pretty well-placed to give advice to Gerrard on making the leap into such a massive job.
“If he does go he is going to a fantastic football club who for the best part of a decade have been in the doldrums for whatever reasons,” Souness said following Sky Sports’ live coverage of Liverpool v Stoke on Saturday.
“He has spent the vast majority of his life at a very passionate football which is one of the few football clubs in England that is an institution and if he goes to Glasgow he will be going to a football club that is an institution. I would say the same about Celtic.
“Why is it an institution? Because of what it means to the supporters. If Steven decides to go there it is not the best time to manage Glasgow Rangers because of their difficulties. But what a job! If he goes up there and gets it half right he will be a God.”
Gerrard is currently Under-18 manager at Liverpool and brought his side up to Ibrox earlier this season to take on Graeme Murty’s Under-20s.
The Liverpool and England icon picked up 114 caps in a glittering playing career but is completely untested as a manager, although his reported appointment seems to have won favour with Gers fans.
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard’s appointment would be a massive gamble for the Gers but Souness knows first-hand how that can work out after taking his first job as a manager at Ibrox. If Gerrard can get the job ‘half right’ then he might not be a God but a title win would certainly have him incredibly close. The 37-year-old would need to hit the ground running if he was to take the job and if he does, the Gers board have to back him with big money and bring in quality players. After all the garbage surrounding the Gers in the last six years, there’s a little bit of positivity starting to creep in for Rangers fans.