Jamie Carragher believes Steven Gerrard has ‘fallen in love’ with Rangers and is in it for the long haul at the soon to be crowned SPL champions.
The Liverpool club legend was a managerial novice when he took up the reins at Ibrox two-and-a-half years ago and was tasked with ending the domestic dominance Celtic had enjoyed under the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon.
Success was far from instant, but gradually the balance of power has shifted firmly towards Rangers who stand on the brink of clinching their 55th domestic league title this weekend, while they have also progressed to the latter stages of the Europa League.
Gerrard has, naturally, been earmarked as a likely successor to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield but Carragher believes talk of a return to Merseyside is premature and disrespectful to the size of club Rangers is.
Carragher believes his former teammate is fully committed to the Scottish champions-elect and even the offer a return to the Premier League with a mid-ranking team wouldn’t be enough to tempt Gerrard into leaving.
He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Let’s cut to the chase and sum up the broad reaction in England when Steven Gerrard lifts his first title, possibly as early as this weekend. ‘It’s only Scotland.’ That’s the disrespectful tone Celtic and Rangers managers have had to deal with for over 30 years.
‘If Gerrard continues to win big in Scotland, it is sure to land him many Premier League job offers, with the implication that managing a mid-table team in England is more attractive than being Rangers or Celtic coach. I am not convinced that applies in Gerrard’s case.
‘Having seen what he is building at Rangers, I do not believe he has to leave Ibrox and prove himself anywhere else. Certainly not yet. He has obviously fallen in love with the club and the city of Glasgow and looks to be settling in for the long haul.
‘Despite the title being done and dusted for weeks, every point matters. He has caught the Rangers bug, immersed in the club.
‘When you have that level of trust, loyalty and adulation, it is not easily sacrificed for a club in the bottom half of the Premier League, where the ambition of mid-table safety would not put the same fire in his belly.’