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Davie Provan weighs in on Rangers boss Steven Gerrard's potential Liverpool future

coach Steven Gerrard of Glasgow Rangers  during the UEFA Europa League   match between Glasgow Rangers v Feyenoord at the Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019 in Glasgow United Kingdom

The Ibrox manager has been criticised for the job he's done at Rangers.

coach Steven Gerrard of Glasgow Rangers  during the UEFA Europa League   match between Glasgow Rangers v Feyenoord at the Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019 in Glasgow United Kingdom

Sky Sports pundit Davie Provan has aimed stinging criticism at Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggested he could one day take charge at his old club, writing in his Scottish Sun column.

The Reds manager gave an interview to FourFourTwo last week suggesting that if he left Merseyside tomorrow that Gerrard would be one of the first people that the Anfield hierarchy would call.

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Obviously the connection is primarily because of his playing days in England, but he's also been praised for the job he is currently doing at Ibrox.

Provan though is having none of it, believing that Gerrard has done nothing to justify one day making his mark as a manager at the European champions.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: "Now Klopp has Liverpool’s prodigal son returning to Anfield. On the back of what exactly? What has he achieved in the dugout to earn the gig? Absolutely nothing.

"Sure, he has handled himself brilliantly for a guy learning his trade. Intelligent and measured even when the heat is on, he’s proved himself a compelling individual.

"But the bottom line is he FAILED last season. Put it this way, had Klopp’s Liverpool side folded the way Gers did last season, the German would have been in big bother."

"Yes, Steven was up against a Celtic outfit with more spending power. But by the same logic, Gers shouldn’t have been bumped out of both cups by Aberdeen. In his biggest test this season, his team were steamrollered in the Glasgow derby."

 

Too harsh?

It's true that Gerrard came up short last season in terms of silverware, but you'd be hard pushed to find a Rangers supporter who isn't pleased with the current path that the Gers are on.

The Anfield icon has taken the team from being a laughing stock under Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, to one that have genuine ambitions this season to win a major honour.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Having made progress on the European front too, it is harsh to say that he's failed in the job so far.

Obviously he is long way away from being a Liverpool-calibre boss. He's not a perfect manager. He's made mistakes.

However, there's plenty about his record for Rangers fans to defend.

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