Liverpool legend John Aldridge admits Steven Gerrard going back to Liverpool as manager is “definitely a possibility” as he starts his managerial career at Ibrox on Friday – but insists the 37-year-old won’t be using his time at Rangers as a “stepping stone” to an Anfield return.
Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister officially get started on Friday and Aldridge believes Gerrard will be well aware “just how big a club” he is taking over and will know the potential for success he has at Ibrox.
Aldridge also thinks there are similarities between Liverpool and Glasgow in the passion shown by fans – saying, nicely, that fans are “nutters” in Glasgow.
“Steven going back to Anfield one day is definitely a possibility. You never know what will happen in football. But one thing is sure: Steven won’t be viewing the Rangers job as a stepping stone,” Aldridge said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He knows just how big a club Rangers are across the whole of Europe. And he will know their potential and what he can achieve there.
“They are nutters up there in Glasgow and I mean that nicely. They are football crackers – but Glasgow is a very similar city to Liverpool in that respect.
“They are so passionate about the game but that’s exactly the kind of guy Steven Gerrard is.”
Football Insider verdict:
Even if Gerrard does have one eye on the Liverpool job at some point in the future then nobody – Rangers fans included – can blame him. It is similar to when Walter Smith left Scotland to return to Ibrox as manager; his background at the club means it is a move that is going to hold special personal significance for him. Rangers fans will be quietly hoping that Liverpool want to bring Gerrard back as soon as possible as it will mean the 37-year-old has been a success at Ibrox. If Gerrard can make a success of his time in Glasgow, the Liverpool icon would be made for life in Scotland and would never have to put his hand in his pocket again. After seven years waiting without a major trophy, the Light Blues fans are desperate to see their side finally get back to the summit of Scottish football and get their hands on silverware and bring an end to the mess that has followed since the club’s financial meltdown in 2012.
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