Rangers are confident that they will see off Newcastle United’s interest in manager Steven Gerrard, according to Football Insider.
The reliable news outlet claims that Ibrox chief Dave King is convinced that Gerrard wants to stay with the Scottish Premiership club before joining what they consider to be a “major Premier League club”.
It is understood that Newcastle are plotting an approach to hire the former Liverpool midfielder after Rafa Benitez left St James’ Park at the end of his contract last week.
However Rangers stance appears to offer little encouragement to the managerless Magpies.
Should Rangers be trying to hire Gerrard? While he overall did a decent job in his debut season in management, there were still areas where the Englishman fell short at Ibrox and will need to improve if he is to ever get a job in the Premier League. Rangers are easily the second-best team in Scotland, but they only finished second in the league and failed to reach either of the domestic cup competitions. Although the Gers had finished third in back-to-back seasons before Gerrard’s arrival, that said more about the quality of previous managers compared to the current Ibrox boss. This isn’t saying that Gerrard is a bad manager, he’s just an inexperienced manager he is yet to do much special other than reach the Europa League group stages and get a couple of Old Firm wins against a faltering Celtic team that have been getting worse in the last year and a half. Gerrard could be a good hire for the Magpies, but not just yet.