Rangers director of football Mark Allen might have already landed his man to replace Gers boss Graeme Murty if reports about Steven Gerrard are correct – but if the Liverpool icon doesn’t end up at Ibrox, Allen must at least consider sacked Sunderland manager Chris Coleman to take the hotseat.
Coleman, 47, was sacked over the weekend as the Mackems were relegated to League One and a takeover of the club was announced but – like Rangers – the Wearsider’s aren’t exactly the picture of how to run a football club just now.
The Welshman did a fantastic job with his national team before taking the charge at the Stadium of Light, leading them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 before losing to eventual winners Portugal.
According to ESPN, Rangers have offered a four-year deal to Gerrard and while the former Liverpool icon is a bigger name than Coleman, the former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss would be a better fit for what is needed at Ibrox just now.
The Welshman has a far better track record than Gerrard in management and should be someone that immediately has a firm idea of what needs done – and most importantly how to go about fixing it.
Gerrard would be the box-office pick and would bring some new attention to Rangers but there’s little to suggest that he would be close to a success.
There’s little guarantee Coleman will be a success but he at least has a track record that gives him a reasonable shot at ending Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football.