By Alex McLeish

18th Nov, 2020 | 5:04pm

'I've got to be honest...' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts to Leeds interest in Gerrard

Alex McLeish has tipped Steven Gerrard to snub any prospective approaches to join Leeds United from Rangers.

The former Gers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the 40-year-old will want to win at least a couple of trophies at Ibrox before he returns to England.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have identified the Rangers manager as a prime candidate to replace  Marcelo Bielsa in case the Argentine leaves Elland Road at the end of the season.

The Whites are long-term admirers of the Liverpool and England legend and set their sights on him at both the end of the 2018/19 season and during the 2019/20 campaign in case of Bielsa’s departure.

Gerrard has been at Rangers since 2018 and currently has the Glasgow giants sitting top of the Premiership table.

McLeish has suggested the current Gers boss will not leave Ibrox before he has got some silverware under his belt, while he also noted the “little caveat” of his allegiances to Liverpool.

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“Yeah, I don’t think he would leave Rangers for Leeds, I’ve got to be honest,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“Certainly not until he’s won two or three trophies. I would think that would be uppermost in his mind before he goes back to England.

“There’s also a little caveat that there’s a certain team that plays in red from a place quite near Wales.” 

Gerrard has taken charge of 134 matches during his time at Ibrox in what is his first managerial position.

The Gers have finished as runners-up to Celtic in both Premiership seasons, while they were beaten finalists in the Scottish League Cup last season.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor has predicted “trouble for Arsenal” after player update from Elland Road.