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Leeds United target Steven Gerrard will “definitely” end up as a Premier League manager, according to Frank McAvennie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic and West Ham striker heaped praise on the 40-year-old for turning Rangers into a “force”.

Football Insider revealed the Yorkshire giants are closely monitoring Gerrard as a prime contender to replace Marcelo Bielsa whose contract finishes at the end of the season.

The former England international was the Leeds hierarchy’s top target at the end of the 2018-19 season and was remained a target last Autumn.

Bielsa is now in his third season at Elland Road, the longest he has ever spent as manager of a club including Newell’s Old Boys where the stadium is named after him.

Asked by Football Insider whether he could see Gerrard taking over from the Argentine, McAvennie said: “Gerrard will definitely go to the Premier League. That is for sure.

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“I do not know if he is ready to take over from Klopp but that is where his heart is. Chelsea took a chance on Lampard and he is doing very well.

Gerrard has stuck to his beliefs and he has turned it around at Rangers.

“I think he might want to stay at Rangers for the next couple of seasons and see what Klopp decides to do. Gerrard and MacAllister are big names at Liverpool and I would wait for that chance.

“Whether they win the league this year or not he has turned them into challengers. Credit where credit is due. He has turned them into a force.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Gerrard’s Rangers side are currently top of the Scottish Premiership, nine points clear of Celtic.

Since taking the job in the summer of 2018, the Liverpool legend has won 86 of 135 Rangers games, a win percentage of 63.7.

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