Steven Gerrard has vindicated his managerial credentials after the 39-year-old guided Rangers into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 1-1 draw against Young Boys.

The Light Blues needed just a draw against the Swiss side to progress through to the knockout stages on Thursday. The result meant that Rangers will have European football after Christmas for the first time since 2011 vindicating Gerrard’s incredible rise as a manager.

Glasgow Rangers team manager Steven Gerrard celebrates after Glasgow Rangers’ Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos (unseen) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers FC and BSC Young Boys at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on December 12, 2019. (Photo by NEIL HANNA / AFP) (Photo by NEIL HANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The former Liverpool captain successfully masterminded his way through the Europa League group-stages despite being thrown into what some considered a ‘group of death’ that included FC Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys.

Gerrard took charge at the Ibrox back in May 2018 on a four-year deal. The former England international had his first trophy as Gers manager elude him the previous week after losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish League Cup final.

Arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player, Gerrard left his post as academy head coach for the Reds to take up his first managerial position in Scotland. He steered the club to runners-up in the Scottish Premiership last season and is currently trailing current holders Celtic in the league by two points.

 

Gerrard is expected to extend his current contract at the Ibrox to 2024.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 12: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC acknowledges the fans following the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and BSC Young Boys at Ibrox Stadium on December 12, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Rangers’ transformation provides a glowing recommendation to Gerrard’s former team, Liverpool. The former Reds captain has been tipped to succeed Jurgen Klopp when the German’s contract expires in 2022.

Gerrard has proven he can thrive on the biggest stage proving the Light Blues most effective manager in recent years. The Champions League-winning captain has thrived outside his comfort zone and is demonstrating that he should be seriously considered as Klopp’s successor.

The German manager has been Liverpool’s most transformative manager since Bill Shankly. The former Borussia Dortmund has reconstructed the Reds from nearly men to Kings of Europe and is on the verge of claiming the Red’s first league title since 1990.

However, nothing lasts forever and should the inevitable day of Klopp’s tragic departure eventually come to fold, Gerrard will have proven he has the credentials to take the gargantuan leap from Glasgow to Merseyside.

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