Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur has given his verdict on Steven Gerrard’s imminent appointment as Rangers boss – and admitted “what player doesn’t want to play for” the iconic former Liverpool captain.
McArthur has been linked with a move to Ibrox this summer when his Palace deal comes to an end, according to Twitter fan-site, Four Lads Had a Dream, who have established themselves to be a reliable source for news from inside Ibrox.
Arfield & McArthur on bosmans are extremely close….. Not done but well down the line
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) April 23, 2018
Gerrard is expected to be confirmed as Gers manager on Friday afternoon and Premier League midfielder McArthur thinks it is a “perfect fit” for the 37-year-old to take his first steps into senior management.
“I think it’s a good move. It’s probably a risk on both sides because it’s a hard job right now and it’s someone with not much experience,” McArthur said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But I think it’s a perfect fit. As a person and obviously as a top player, he’s got so many experiences.
“And what player doesn’t want to play for Steven Gerrard?”
Football Insider verdict
Whatever happens it is win/win for Gerrard. If he’s a success then he does his chances of landing the Liverpool job no harm whatsoever and if he isn’t there will almost always be a job for him a Liverpool’s Academy and the chance to repair his reputation. It maybe isn’t a “perfect fit” but it seems to be as close as the Gers can get just now and the 37-year-old will be desperate to make a mark in his first job as a manager. The pressure at Ibrox is phenomenal and for all of Gerrard’s experience as a player at Liverpool, it doesn’t come close to the scrutiny and demands the manager of either half of the Old Firm come under. If the long-term aim is to become Liverpool manager then there are few better environments that will leave someone better prepared than coming to Rangers just now and trying to stop Celtic winning ten titles in a row.