Based on how things have gone this season, it’s clear that Rangers need to use the summer to strengthen.
Yet, the club doesn’t have a mountain of cash right now.
Last summer, the Gers didn’t spend anywhere near as much as £5 million on a single player. Following that, the January window was characterised by loans or extremely cheap signings like Glen Kamara.
The pull of Steven Gerrard.
The manager is globally renowned for the feats he achieved during his career. 114 international caps, a Champions League win and dozens of spectacular goals. Most recognise him as one of the best players England has ever produced.
His appeal is evidenced by the picture which has emerged of him alongside Rennes star, Edson Mexer.
Gerrard and Mexer… a picture speak a thousand words maybe pic.twitter.com/VhF5cHDBHF
— Raúl Sánchez (@raulsdf) May 7, 2019
When Gerrard travelled to Brittany allegedly in order to push forward a potential transfer [Daily Record], the centre-back clearly couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity.
Gerrard is a huge name in world football. So much so, that a 30-year-old international said to be involved in transfer discussions, will break cover in order to be pictured alongside him.
Gerrard dwarfs other SPL managers
Of course, Neil Lennon played Premier League football too. He would have tussled with Gerrard in central midfield in the noughties.
Realistically, though, players from overseas are very unlikely to have heard of his exploits as a player. Even if they had, the six goals he scored in four years at Leicester are hardly going to have them queuing up for snaps.
This guy is box office and therefore offers a huge advantage. Players, whether youth team prospects or established stars like Jermain Defoe, want to be around him and to learn from him. It’s as simple as that.
In a time when even English Championship clubs have considerably greater financial clout than Rangers, that’s invaluable.