Pundits Choice

Mark Warburton: Rangers is the place for Steven Gerrard, not Derby County

Derby County look almost certain to lose Frank Lampard, with Chelsea earmarking their legend as the man to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager.

So where does that leave the Rams? Well according to The Times, the Championship outfit were interested in bringing in Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, but have failed in their attempts to prise Lampard’s former England team-mate away from Ibrox.

With Gerrard now set to remain in Glasgow, one former Rangers manager is now backing him to go on and end Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football. Let us take a look at his verdict in this instalment of the Pundit’s Choice feature.

“Steven Gerrard is at a magnificent institution of a club,” Mark Warburton told talkSPORT. “After all the managerial changes and squad adaptations, I truly believe next season is Rangers’ season.

“I think Steven would be very keen, I’m sure, to stay at that great club, take it forward, stop Celtic’s run and establish himself as a legend within the club. Derby is a fantastic Championship club with fantastic support, but in Glasgow Rangers you have a real institution there.”

With both Rangers and Celtic only beginning to start their work in the transfer market, it is probably too early to tip the former to win the SPFL title next season.

Whatever the case, as Warburton has also alluded to, Gerrard’s future looks to be at Ibrox after a very promising debut campaign. The former Liverpool captain has started to lay the groundwork, developing young and talented players such as Glen Kamara and Ryan Kent, who could once again join the club on loan.

Add the experience and goals of Jermain Defoe and Scott Arfield, and Gerrard looks to really have something here. Based on that, you would expect him to give it another shot in Scotland before even considering other options such as Derby.

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Mark Warburton: Rangers is the place for Steven Gerrard, not Derby County
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