According to reports from the Mirror, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is ‘on the brink’ of signing a new bumper deal to extend his stay at the Ibrox until 2024.
Gerrard, 39 is enjoying a fine season in his second campaign in charge of the Scottish giants. The former Liverpool captain is one game away from delivering the club’s first major trophy in eight years when they take on Celtic in the League Cup Final on Sunday.
Ahead of the Old Firm clash, the Scottish Premiership runners-up are keen to tie Gerrard at the club for the next five years.
The club’s chairman, Dave King, has recently announced that he will be leaving his post in the new year but has made the extension of Gerrard’s contract one of the main priorities before his departure.
There have been discussions as to whether the 2005 Champions League-winning skipper will one day succeed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when he eventually steps down.
The German manager has a contract that expires at the end of 2022 with Klopp expressing he has no immediate plans to extend beyond that point. This has opened the door for a potential replacement when the tragic day of Klopp’s departure arrives.
But does this latest report rule out the former England and Liverpool legend of the running as the Red’s next manager?
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Gerrard would undoubtedly be a favourite should he eventually succeed Klopp. However, there could be better alternatives inside the club with assistant manager Pep Lijnders emerging as a serious candidate to take over from Klopp.
The Netherlands born coach has made a serious impression amongst Liverpool fans since returning to the club in June 2018. Lijnders seems to be thriving under the tutelage of the FIFA Coach of the Year and could be the perfect man to carry on the mantle when Klopp feels his time is up.