Scottish journalist Stuart Hodge believes that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would be interested in taking a Premier League job in the near future.
Following the recent high-profile takeover at Newcastle United, Gerrard has been identified as one of the early contenders to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.
How has Gerrard done at Rangers?
Since taking over at Rangers in 2018, Gerrard has led the Glasgow giants back to the summit of Scottish football.
In his first two seasons at the club, he had to settle for second place behind bitter rivals Celtic, but last term he finally got the better of the Hoops.
Rangers went through their entire league campaign unbeaten to finish a mammoth 25 points clear of Celtic, earning their first league title in a decade.
Overall, Gerrard has guided his team to 120 victories in 185 matches at the helm, giving him a win rate of 65%.
What did Hodge say about Gerrard?
Having done a fine job north of the border in recent years, some may wonder when Gerrard could get his first Premier League role.
When asked by GIVEMESPORT if the 41-year-old would want to move back to England, Hodge offered an emphatic one-word response, saying: “Absolutely”.
He then added: “Obviously, it’s a step up. And I think Steven Gerrard is a sensible guy, right? He’s going to know, if he delivers another title for Rangers, unless he gets a transfer kitty that’s gargantuan, he can’t really push the team much further.”
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Is Gerrard ready for a Premier League job?
The last three years at Ibrox have suggested that he is.
The former Liverpool captain has gone from strength to strength as a manager, and has gained invaluable experience at Rangers both domestically and on the European stage.
Indeed, the Newcastle job could be a very good fit for both him and the club. Gerrard is a young, hungry coach who will want to prove himself in arguably the best league in the world, and the Magpies now have ambitions of taking on the biggest clubs in the country.
If he did move to Tyneside, Gerrard could start a long-term project of building a team over the next couple of years, and then being in a strong position to challenge for major honours down the line, with the eventual goal being to fulfill the club’s dream of winning the Premier League in the next 5-10 years.