Rangers supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days following their side’s crushing 5-0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic on Sunday, which has since brought about the end of manager Graeme Murty.
The former Reading defender took over from sacked Pedro Caixinha on an interim basis back in October, before being given the job on a full time basis until the end of the season a few months later. And while the 43-year-old did a fine job in steadying the ship at Ibrox, things have since taken a turn for the worse, with Sunday’s 5-0 demolition proving to be enough given Murty has since left his role as Light Blues chief.
As such, there has been much discussion among our resident Gers supporters about what the next steps are for their club, with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard heavily linked with taking over from the Scot in recent times.
And were the 37-year-old to indeed take over the reins at Ibrox, he should seek to lure linked-away £13.5 million-rated Wayne Rooney (as per Transfermarkt) to the Light Blues.
The 32-year-old may have only returned to Everton last summer after a 13-year stint at Manchester United, but reports recently suggested that the midfielder could be let go during the summer following the Toffees’ underwhelming Premier League campaign.
Yet the former England captain still possesses outstanding ability in the middle of the park, and Gerrard will well know from their time playing together for England that Rooney could be a massive asset at Ibrox next season.
Ultimately, while the Toffees are reportedly happy to let the 32-year-old leave this summer, he has scored more goals than any other Everton player this season with 11, and was certainly one of their more influential players during their struggles in the first half of the campaign.
Yes, things have been tougher for England’s record goal-scorer since then, including being hauled off after 57 minutes against both Manchester City and Liverpool in recent weeks, yet there’s little doubting that he still brings a huge amount to the Toffees midfield, and as such remains a top-quality footballer.
And if Rangers are to indeed bridge the gap to rivals Celtic in the years to come, a gap seemingly widening after 5-0 and 4-0 defeats to the Bhoys in the last few weeks, that is the sort of signing they have to be making.
If Gerrard does indeed take over at Ibrox, he is likely to attract bigger names to the club than the previous few managers just because of who he is, and while Rooney may seem a stretch too far, it’s plausible given the amount of respect they had and indeed have for each other after their efforts for England.
Ultimately, Rooney would be a class above most other central midfielders in the Scottish Premiership, and as such would significantly bolster a Gers side lacking that extra bit of quality to get near to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
And with Everton reportedly ready to offload the 32-year-old this summer, Gerrard should seek to lure the midfielder to Rangers were he to take over at Ibrox.
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