Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side put their 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of Celtic behind them with a deserved 2-1 success over Hearts on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men were humbled by their Old Firm rivals in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup 11 days ago to further underline the huge gap between the two sides, but the Gers responded admirably with a fine display and result against Craig Levein’s men on Sunday. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias sent the Light Blues on their way to all three points at Ibrox, and although the visitors did get one back through Christophe Berra, it wasn’t enough to prevent Rangers’ 20th league success of the campaign, and thus their return to second place in the Scottish Premiership.
As such, there have been many upbeat Gers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can indeed finish the season strongly to build much-needed momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Light Blues supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is the hot favourite to replace Murty as Rangers boss in the summer.
Yet the Scottish giants would undoubtedly be taking a massive risk appointing the 37-year-old this summer given his lack of managerial experience.
Ultimately, there is no doubting what a world-class player Gerrard was during his career, with the former midfielder scoring 186 goals in 710 appearances for Liverpool, in which time he helped them to the Champions League back in 2005, as well as two FA Cups and three League Cups.
However, the ex-England captain has yet to really prove his management credentials, given that his first job as a manager came earlier this season in taking over the Liverpool’s Under-18s.
And although Gerrard has led the team to third place in the Under-18 Premier League North table, and indeed to the last eight of the UEFA Youth League, thus underlining what a fine job he has done, making the step up to senior management, not least to a club like Rangers, is going to be a tall order, no matter how successful one was on the pitch.
Yes, one could argue that Murty had little prior experience before twice becoming the interim boss at Ibrox, but he was at least working at the club and thus aware of what went into it on a daily basis.
And the fact he could be replaced this summer would suggest that a more experienced man is needed to take Rangers forward once again, and thus challenging their Old Firm rivals for the league title and indeed other domestic honours.
As such, the Light Blues would be taking a massive risk appointing Gerrard as Murty’s successor this summer.
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