Wayne Rooney has predicted that his former England teammate Steven Gerrard isn’t far off attracting interest from Premier League clubs after a strong start to life in charge of Scottish giants, Rangers.
Clearly, the former England skipper has a long way to go before he can be considered a realistic manager at that level, though he’s made a promising enough start to life in Glasgow and his name certainly carries a considerable amount of weight in the European game, so it’s not hard to imagine a rash club south of border attempting to lure him across.
Whether or not the Light Blues can genuinely challenge Celtic at the top of the league is up for debate but, if the Gers’ Europa League campaign is anything to go off, Mark Allen and decision makers atop the marble staircase have pulled off quite the coup in landing him.
So, should Rooney’s prediction come true, then here’s a look at another two managers Allen and company should be targeting to replicate that kind of success.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
A former Rangers player himself, Giovanni van Bronckhorst would be a wonderful replacement for Gerrard in a few years, perhaps taking the Light Blues to a new level.
The Dutchman, currently in charge of Feyenoord, has already won a league title, while introducing a typically Dutch progressive style of play. Indeed, if Rangers carry on the upward trajectory they’ve enjoyed of late, there’s every reason they’d be able to offer their former player a tempting financial package.
A smaller name than the man we’ve mentioned above, though no less exciting. Currently undertaking the mammoth task of rebuilding Sunderland in League One, former St Mirren boss Jack Ross has certainly made a name for himself in Scottish football already.
Indeed, while in charge of the Buddies, he took them from the depths of despair in the Championship to winning promotion to the Scottish Premiership,
Surely the lure of Rangers would be too tempting, should they come calling in a year or two.