Peter Crouch has urged Steven Gerrard to stay at Rangers and says the Scottish Premiership title could be the ‘first of many’ for the Liverpool legend.
Gerrard’s Rangers have enjoyed a sensational season and on Sunday were crowned champions of Scotland for the first time in 10 years.
The Gers, who are still unbeaten in the league, have a 20-point lead over former champions Celtic with six matches remaining.
It is Gerrard’s first trophy as a manager in his third season at Ibrox and will only increase speculation that the former Reds captain will soon return to Anfield to take over from Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp led Liverpool to their domestic title in 30 years last season but the 2020-21 campaign has been a struggle, with the Reds currently eighth having lost six home matches in a row.
Former England striker Crouch believes it is inevitable that Gerrard will manage Liverpool but says, for now, he should remain at Rangers and win more trophies with the Scottish club.
He told MailSport: ‘I found myself wishing I was a footballer again on Sunday when I saw the footage of Stevie celebrating with his players on Saturday, after they had beaten St Mirren.
‘They are the moments it is all about – being together, reflecting on something magnificent. And what Stevie has done in Glasgow is magnificent.
‘I don’t want anyone to argue with me about the quality of Scottish football. Rangers have been outstanding and their record of 77 goals and nine conceded is outstanding. Even if Celtic had been in form, they couldn’t have lived with that.
‘There is no reason for Stevie to take a job in the Premier League now. He can stay at Rangers and keep driving them forward – I’m really interested to see how they will do against a Slavia Prague team I rate in the Europa League – and keep winning.
‘He is going to be Liverpool manager one day – we all know that – but there is no reason to leave Rangers now. I’m absolutely delighted for him.
‘I hope – and I believe – this will be the first of many trophies.’
An emotional Gerrard, reacting to Rangers’ title win, said on Sunday: ‘It is very difficult to put into words right now. I’m on a real, emotional high and it has been a journey that is not finished.
‘There is more to come and the next thing for me, when you win, it is always about what is next, and I am so proud of the players first and foremost – they are the most important people inside the club.
‘But they are not as important as the supporters – they are what makes this club and it is for them and we have been down at times, really low at times, but this is an incredible high.’