Rangers hope to confirm Steven Gerrard as their new manager this week after the Liverpool legend agreed a deal with the Scottish club, as per reports.

Gerrard is set to take his first steps in senior management by replacing Graeme Murty at Ibrox. The former Reds midfielder will give up his role as Liverpool’s Under-18s boss, and plans to appoint another ex-Red, Gary McAllister, as his assistant. An official announcement is expecting in the coming days.

It brings the tantalising prospect of the former England captain going head-to-head with former boss Brendan Rodgers, whose Celtic side have dominated in Scotland over the past decade.

While Rangers are battling Hibernian and Aberdeen for second spot in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic are closing on a second successive domestic treble. The Gers have not beaten their Glasgow rivals in their last 10 attempts.

Gerrard’s task will be to reverse that trend and to close the gap between the two clubs, despite an inferior budget. The 37-year-old has made no secret of his desire to move into management after a productive 12 months coaching at Liverpool’s Academy. He has been linked with a series of posts in the Football League, but has insisted he will know when the time is right to launch his managerial career.

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