Barry Ferguson has revealed to Go Radio when he expects Steven Gerrard to be announced as Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Liverpool. The former Ibrox star says he expects the current Gers boss to be in the managerial hot-seat in Glasgow for at least another three seasons.
Gerrard, 40, is on the verge of Scottish football immortality as the former Liverpool captain closes in on a first league title in his managerial tenure.
Rangers are just four points away from securing a 55th league title, while simultaneously stopping Celtic winning 10 in a row.
Gerrard dominated the headlines this morning after he was sent off at half-time on Wednesday night during a 1-0 victory against Livingston. The former England skipper was unhappy about a decision not award match-winner Alfredo Morelos a penalty in the first-half.
Still, Gerrard’s players got the job done, despite their manager watching on from the sidelines. Rangers are two wins away from claiming their first league crown since 2011.
Ferguson on Gerrard
Ibrox icon Ferguson has spoken out on Gerrard’s future, with the Rangers boss contracted with the club until 2024.
Gerrard has been heavily tipped to one-day make the move to his boyhood club Liverpool, although Ferguson thinks he’ll stay in Glasgow for another three seasons before making the move to Anfield.
“I can’t see it happening just now,” Ferguson said. “Gerrard knows he needs to win trophies, but he’s two or three years from getting the job he wants.
“The first couple of years was hard for him, in time he will be a top manager.
“In time, he will be Liverpool manager – but I can’t see it in the next two or three years.
It’s crazy that people are calling for Klopp to be sacked but Gerrard is still in an apprenticeship. I don’t see Klopp leaving Liverpool.”
What RTK has to say
First of all, it’s paramount that we emphasise how big a job Gerrard has done at Ibrox in what is only his third season in management.
Make no mistake, Gerrard will go down as a Rangers legend once he becomes the man to finally end over a decade of hurt for the club. Stopping Celtic from 10 in a row, too, will have him firmly established as one of the club’s all-time best managers.
So, how does Gerrard go to that next level to see himself perfectly placed to one-day take the Anfield hot-seat?
Well, the prospect of Champions League football next season will enable him to broaden his managerial CV even further. How Rangers perform in the Europa League, too, could go a long way in convincing Liverpool that he is ready-made for the job.
According to The ECHO, Liverpool owner, John W. Henry, and chairman, Tom Werner are closely monitoring Gerrard’s situation in Glasgow.
He may not be leaving Rangers anytime soon, but if his managerial continues on the upward trajectory it is now, the possibility of him eventually becoming Klopp’s successor at Anfield will continue to increase.