Sir Kenny Dalglish thinks the ‘Champions League riches’ awaiting this season’s Scottish Premiership winners means Rangers must get the appointment of Steven Gerrard’s replacement spot on – with the Liverpool icon picking out Frank Lampard as his preferred option.
While Giovanni van Bronckhorst appears to be the next man in the hotseat, Dalglish thinks Gerrard’s former England teammate Lampard has “excellent credentials” to manage the champions.
Dalglish believes Lampard was “very unfortunate” to get the sack at Chelsea but believes the good relationship that the ex-midfielder still holds with his former club can benefit Rangers if he gets the manager’s job.
“The onus is on the Board to get this one right, and the next six months will determine whether or not Rangers retain their title and get direct access to the £35million Champions League riches,” Dalglish told the Sunday Post.
“Of the candidates I mentioned, I think Frank has excellent credentials.
“In his first job at Derby County, he showed lots of promise. That’s why Chelsea took him on.
“I thought he was very unfortunate to lose his job at Stamford Bridge, and deserved more time.
“He still has a good relationship with Chelsea and that might be beneficial to Rangers if he can bring one or two players to Ibrox on loan from London.
“Giovanni knows the club, and has coaching experience, his best work being done at Feyenoord. He is also a strong candidate.
“All eyes are on this vacancy, and whoever is the new Rangers manager will be under the spotlight from the first minute to see if he can do as well as Steven – and even better.”
According to Heart and Hand, Lampard isn’t being considered for the job so it seems that it is a one-horse race to replace Gerrard ahead of next weekend’s Premier Sports Cup.
The Dutchman is expected to hold further talks with Rangers ahead of a likely confirmation tomorrow, as Ross Wilson and the board waste no time to get a new manager in.