Steven Gerrard Confirmed As Rangers New Manager
Either Steven Gerrard wasn't watching last weekend's Old Firm game or the former Liverpool captain thinks he can do a really good job because he will now take over as Rangers manager next season.
Rangers have been playing huge catch up to rivals Celtic ever since they got back into the SPFL following their demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football in 2012 and the Hoops have now won seven titles in a row.
The most recent one was confirmed last week when they battered Rangers 4-0 at Celtic Park last weekend with the match being played in the shadow of rumours that Gerrard was set to take over at Ibrox.
Manager Graeme Murty was sacked earlier this week following the defeat but it had already confirmed that the former Reading player would no longer be manager after this season.
Gerrard has been managing Liverpool's under 18s after hanging his playing boots up following his spell for LA Galaxy and will now leave Anfield in order to take his first role as a first team manager.
It's a huge risk for the 37 year old. He will leave the comfort of his youth team role, and his punditry on BT Sport, in exchange for the pressure of being manager at Ibrox where fans will be expecting to get closer to Celtic and hoping to end their dominance.
For the club it is also a huge risk. Murty may not have been the right man for the job but the club have essentially swapped one former Premier League player whose only managerial experience was at youth level for another with the exact same issue.
Of course Gerrard will be coming up against his former manager and the man who effectively ended his time at Liverpool in Brendan Rodgers.
The former Swansea boss has been in charge at Celtic Park since 2016, just a few months after being sacked at Liverpool, and has won the last two Scottish titles, and is hoping to grab back to back Trebles with the Glasgow club.
Gerrard decided to leave Anfield for the MLS after his position with the Reds lessened during Rodgers time in the Premier League.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Gerrard does in Scotland.