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1st May, 2018 | 4:35pm

Journalist reveals stunning reason why Gerrard wants to take over at Rangers

Steven Gerrard sees “parallels” between the football culture and rivalry in Glasgow and Liverpool and thinks managing Rangers will give him a great preparation for one day making a stunning move to become Liverpool boss, according to a prominent journalist,

The Daily Record’s Duncan Castles has claimed in the Daily Record that the similarities between Glasgow and Liverpool makes it an “attractive environment” for the Liverpool youth coach.

The Gers sacked manager Murty on Tuesday with assistant Jimmy Nicholl taking the reins until the end of the season, clearing the way for Gerrard to land his first role in management, and the 37-year-old is believed to be close to taking over at Ibrox, in what is said to be preparation for a future role in the Anfield dugout.

“Talking to some people close to Steven, the interesting guidance I was getting is that it’s precisely because he wants to manage Liverpool in the future, that Rangers and the Old Firm is an attractive environment for him,” Castles said, as quoted by the Daily Record

“He sees parallels between Liverpool and Glasgow as cities, with an intensity of football culture and an intensity of football rivalry that probably doesn’t exist anywhere else in the UK.”

According to ESPN, Rangers have a four-year contract on the table for Gerrard to join the Light Blues but have yet to get a final decision from the 114-times capped England international.

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Gerrard has been coaching Liverpool’s Under-18s and brought his side up to Scotland earlier in the season to face the Gers’ Under-20s before returning to attend March’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox.

Football Insider verdict:

Whie there is nothing to contradict Castles information, the very notion that the Liverpool/Everton derby comes anywhere close to an Old Firm is absolutely laughable. There is not a game in the English football calendar that comes close to the intensity and passion of a Rangers v Celtic clash. Even the general atmosphere around the city on derby day pales in comparison. When Rangers and Celtic meet, the entire country comes to a standstill. When Liverpool and Everton face off, the city of Liverpool does not come to a stop, nevermind the rest of England. Still, Gerrard obviously has his reasons for eyeing a move to Rangers, and those at Ibrox will be hoping he can bring some success.

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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