Rangers supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team thumped 5-0 by Celtic on Sunday, in turn enabling the Bhoys to clinch a seventh successive Scottish Premiership title.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their encounter with their Old Firm rivals having lost to them 4-0 a matter of weeks ago in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup, and they again weren’t able to prevent Brendan Rodgers’ side from running riot, this time at Parkhead. A brace from Odsonne Edouard alongside strikes from James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor secured a comprehensive victory for the Bhoys, thus condemning Rangers to a tenth league loss of the campaign, and indeed third place in the division.
Consequently, there have been many despondent and devastated Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are wondering what the future holds for their club amid speculation that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could take over as their new manager.
The 37-year-old is currently the head coach of the Liverpool Under-18s but has been heavily linked with the role at Ibrox, what with current boss Murty under pressure and likely to vacate the role over the summer.
And were Gerrard to indeed make the move north of the border, he must seek to bring £4.5 million-rated Liverpool sensation Ben Woodburn (as per Transfermarkt) with him.
Ultimately, the 18-year-old appears destined for great things in the game if his early career is anything to go by, what with Woodburn netting in just his second appearance for the club in their 2-0 win over Leeds United in the EFL Cup back in November 2016.
However, the forward has been unable to seriously stake a claim for regular football under Jurgen Klopp since then with just eight appearances to show for his endeavours, although that hasn’t stopped him making huge strides in the club’s youth teams, be it in the Under-23s or indeed for the Under-19s in their run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League.
And while his efforts for the youth teams cannot be understated, for Woodburn to make the necessary progression in the coming years, he surely needs regular first team football – and Rangers might be able to give him that.
Ultimately, the Light Blues will be searching for answers this summer regarding how they can bridge the gap to Celtic, and there’s no doubt that landing genuine attacking quality in Woodburn will help them in that quest.
And under Gerrard’s stewardship, whom he has produced his best for in the UEFA Youth League this season, Woodburn could thrive and thus continue fulfilling his undoubted potential.
As such, were Gerrard to indeed take over at Ibrox this summer, he should seek to bring Liverpool sensation Woodburn with him.
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