By Richard Parks
Davie Provan has slammed Rangers’ pursuit of Steven Gerrard and claimed it will end in tears for the club while Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell will be dancing in the streets.
The straight-talking Sky Sports pundit claimed in his weekly Sun on Sunday column that Ibrox chairman Dave King will be making a huge mistake if he allows Gerrard to service his managerial apprenticeship at Ibrox.
It has been widely reported in recent days that Rangers have offered the job to the Liverpool icon, who is on the verge of accepting it and a deal could be announced in the coming days.
“The law of averages dictates King will get it right eventually,” Provan told the Sun. “But his board has to stop this Gerrard nonsense.
“If plucking Pedro Caixinha from the desert was a mistake, allowing Stevie G to cut his teeth at Ibrox would be criminal. When SunSport revealed Rangers’ pursuit of Gerrard, Peter Lawwell must have thought it was Christmas.
“He’s probably even ordered his kit-maker to get started on printing the Ten-in-a-Row commemorative shirts.
“Be in no doubt, Gerrard’s appointment would represent a reckless gamble for a club who can’t afford to get it wrong again.”
Football Insider verdict:
Provan’s assessment is a pretty damning one of Rangers’ finances, and one that also offers Gerrard the perfect motivation to transform the fortunes of a team who have muddled along for so many years. It certainly represents a huge gamble for Gerrard, but if he believes in himself, it is by no means a terrible move. Rangers are an iconic club with a glorious history. They are an institution, and Gerrard will go down in Ibrox folklore if he stops Celtic winning 10-in-a-row. As for the kit-maker and the shirts, it’s a nice analogy, but Lawwell is far too long in the tooth to take anything for granted. This Celtic side have been dominant again this season, but have been nowhere near as good as in Brendan Rodgers’ first campaign. They need to get their own house in order before laughing at the Bears.