Scottish club Rangers axe boss Graeme Murty as Steven Gerrard speculation swirls

Zeljko Buvac

Taking over as Rangers boss would present Steven Gerrard with a "great opportunity" to begin his senior managerial career, according to ex-teammate Frank Lampard.

The retired midfielder is now in charge of the Reds' under-18 side, but Lampard is close pals with his old rival and works with him on BT Sport. "I have held initial talks with Rangers, and the plans are to pick them up in a couple of days' time".

Murty was initially installed as interim boss in October following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha, before being handed the role until the end of the campaign in December.

Rangers are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Gerrard over the next few days.

Gerrard, 37, hung up his boots in 2016 after a 12-month stint with LA Galaxy and now manages the Liverpool under-18s. It is understood he would have been dismissed as manager regardless of how talks with Gerrard and his representatives were progressing.

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He's also done this while becoming a legitimately top-tier passing option this spring, with multiple highlight-reel dishes. Boston opened the scoring late in the first period, on Rick Nash's first of the game and they never gave up the lead.


Murty's tenure at Rangers has been under severe scrutiny in recent weeks, with Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace having been suspended following an alleged disagreement with the manager in the aftermath of the cup defeat to Celtic.

Rangers said they hope to be able to release news about Murty's successor "in the near future".

Assistant coaches Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson have been put in temporary charge for Saturday's home game with Kilmarnock.

"He has cut his teeth at Liverpool with the young lads there and at some point Steven is going to step out of that and go into managing men, managing a first team".

However, an opportunity to test himself as a manager has arisen for only the second time since his retirement after he turned down MK Dons' offer last season, and it seems Gerrard is keen to take it.

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