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Rangers: Keith Jackson issues Steven Gerrard warning

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Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is showing signs of feeling ‘a little unsettled’ at Ibrox, Daily Record journalist Keith Jackson has warned.

The lowdown

Rangers appointed Liverpool legend Gerrard back in May 2018 as the permanent successor to Graeme Murty.

In December 2019, he signed a contract extension committing him to the Ibrox outfit until 2024 (via BBC Sport).

Gerrard landed his first silverware at the club last season, winning the club’s first Scottish Premiership title since 2011 and ending Celtic’s nine-in-a-row streak (via Sky Sports).

But even off the back of an invincible campaign, there are signs that Gerrard’s relationship with members of the hierarchy is imperfect.

He told the press last week that Rangers ‘need to big spend money’ to compete in the Europa League and lamented the lack of ‘realism’ and ‘common sense’.

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The latest

Writing in his Daily Record column, Jackson suggested that Rangers had focused all their energy on the short-sighted goal of merely ending Celtic’s dominance, citing concern over Gerrard’s pops at the board and his chopping and changing of the first XI.

And he warned that, unless Rangers show enough ‘ambition’, Gerrard could begin to consider other options.

“It feels as if Gerrard is starting to realise that he was brought to Glasgow for one reason only,” he wrote.

“That the be all and end all for the men in charge of the purse strings was stopping Celtic from winning a tenth successive title.

“The board was prepared to throw the kitchen sink at this myopic project but as soon as it was accomplished the spending stopped.

“If Gerrard suspects his own ambitions are not being matched at the top of the stairs then it won’t be just his starting XI which feels a little unsettled.

The verdict

You can understand Gerrard’s frustration. As well as the domestic title, Gerrard impressively led Rangers to the Round of 16 of the Europa League last season. With the right backing, it seemed he could build a dynasty.

But without it, he’s surely going to look south, and given his achievements in Scotland, it surely won’t be long before a manager-less Premier League club comes knocking.

Indeed, back in June The Athletic reported that Gerrard was one of the names under consideration at Everton following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.

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