Steven Gerrard could put Rangers ‘back on the map’, says Christian Purslow

Steven Gerrard could put Rangers “back on the map” if they appoint the former Liverpool captain as their new manager, says Christian Purslow.

Gerrard has confirmed that he has held “positive” talks with the Ibrox club’s hierarchy regarding replacing Graeme Murty, who was dismissed from his role on Tuesday, and said discussions are set to continue on Thursday.

Purslow, Liverpool’s former managing director, said he can see the merits of Rangers looking to appoint Gerrard, despite his lack of managerial experience, and insisted his reputation could be key in restoring the club to former glory.

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“Ten years ago Rangers were in a major European final and the trials and tribulations of that club since then are well documented,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Frankly, disappearing from the top table of European football where this once great club proudly sat, to associate with a person of the reputation of Steven Gerrard puts them back on the map.

“Even if they don’t succeed in confirming the appointment, I may say. And on another tough season and another terrible Old Firm result let’s just hope that wasn’t part of the calculation, even being linked with Steven.

“It doesn’t look that way because he himself has confirmed that those discussions are ongoing so this looks like it might be a real story.”