By Richard Parks
Mark Lawrenson has claimed Steven Gerrard will have “written assurances” from Rangers chiefs over three major issues about the job.
The former Liverpool defender claimed Gerrard, 37, will regard the Ibrox job as “attractive” following what he claimed on Tuesday night were “positive talks” with the club.
Negotiations were due to continue today (Thursday) between Gerrard and Rangers top brass over the sticking points, which Lawrenson is convinced will have been ironed out.
“The big thing is the recruitment,” said ex-Liverpool defender Lawrenson, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.. “If they can get that sorted, and have a real chance of getting very close to Celtic, I think ultimately that is what he thinks he can do.
“The thing with Stevie is, he has done really well with the Under-18s at Liverpool. It is no good him moving to [Liverpool] Under-23s – they are a mish-mash of players.
“So then in his own mind, he has got to go somewhere. I don’t see him getting a Premier League job, so do you go to the Championship?
“I am a massive Preston North End fan and see so many games, and I am thinking if I am Stevie, I don’t go anywhere near the Championship.
“But Rangers, all of a sudden, I think it is attractive. We know Celtic are the dominant team and their wage bill is far in excess of any of the other teams.
“But at the very least, I am pretty sure he will have assurances in writing, in terms of his backroom staff, the money he can spend and the wage bill.
Football Insider verdict:
Given Lawrenson’s close links to Liverpool and those in the know in football, his information about Gerrard getting written assurances about three massive sticking points is likely to be well sourced. It appears that the word coming back from the Gerrard camp is that the job is too good to turn down if there will be reasonable transfer funds made available, as well as a wage bill that can attract a higher standard of player than is in the current squad. Bar a few exceptions – James Tavernier, Declan John and, perhaps, Ross McCrorie and Josh Windass, none of the Rangers players would even make the Celtic matchday squad most games. For the Light Blues to narrow the gap, they need stability, sound coaching, proven performers and, most of all, more money. If Gerrard can squeeze a few more coins out of Dave King and company, he will have made a great start to what appears certain to be his first management post.