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Rangers close in on deal to make Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard new Ibrox manager: reports

By Gareth Hanna

He's the bookies favourite for the post and now reports are suggesting that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is in talks to become the next Rangers manager.

According to the Scottish Sun, a deal is close between the Glasgow club and the former midfielder. Their report claims that Gerrard "isn’t daunted by the size of the task" and is in discussions with a delegation led by Gers' Director of Football Mark Allen.

The Evening Times have added that Gerrard's main concern now lies with how much money he will have to spend in the transfer market and that he will not make a decision until those key details have been confirmed.

Gerrard was seen at the Old Firm derby last month and then on Monday evening his odds to become Pedro Caixinha's long-term replacement were slashed. He became the bookies' odds-on favourite after Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Roma on Tuesday, as Rangers chairman Dave King was seen watching the game. The South-African based Scot was picked up by TV cameras celebrating one of Liverpool's goals, seated not far from Liverpool legends Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.

Gerrard is now as low as 1/3 to get the job, well ahead of second favourite Neil Warnock. If the former Liverpool captain was to land the job, he would, of course, go head to head with his former boss Brendan Rodgers in Old Firm derbies.

Gerrard took charge of Liverpool's Under 18s a year ago after reportedly turning down the chance to manage MK Dons. His side sit second in the U18 Premier League table, behind only Manchester United in the table.

He also managed the Liverpool U19 team who reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League, ousting United before losing to Manchester City.

Graeme Murty is currently Rangers' interim boss but is rated as high as 28/1 to be in the post next season.

Northern Irishman Tommy Wright is available at 33/1 while Michael O'Neill is out at 40/1 to become the Rangers manager.

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