Former Rangers star Ronald de Boer is “sure” there will be a host of clubs keen to lure Steven Gerrard away from Ibrox this summer after guiding the Gers to their first league title in a decade – but the Dutchman thinks staying in Glasgow for a crack at the Champions League will help him become a better manager. [Daily Record].
Gerrard has been linked with a number of jobs in the Premier League in recent weeks, including the vacancies at Spurs and Everton, and de Boer thinks it will be hard for Rangers to keep hold of their manager if clubs do come calling after the Gers lifted 55 at a canter this season.
However, with the prospect of guiding Rangers to the Champions League group stage next season, de Boer is hopeful Gerrard still has targets to achieve at Ibrox before he considers his next step and a likely return to England.
De Boer pointed to his former team-mate Ronald Koeman as an example of a manager who performed well before landing a job at one of Europe’s biggest clubs when he took the reins at Barcelona as what could happen in the future for Gerrard, who has made no secret of his own wish to one day manage Liverpool.
While Gerrard’s future will likely remain a hot topic for as long as he remains Rangers manager, de Boer couldn’t hide his admiration for the Ibrox boss’ progression in his three years in the Ibrox hot seat, hailing the remarkable title win this season as an “incredible achievement”, saying: “He has done so well and he has improved so many players, guys like Alfredo Morelos, who has done well over two or three years,” de Boer said
“I’m sure he will be on the list of the big Premier League and big clubs across Europe. I’m sure they will be eager to get him and it will be difficult for Rangers to keep him.
“However, Rangers are also a massive club and hopefully he still has ambitions with them.
“I think it would be great for both Gerrard and for Rangers if he stays for next season and reaches the Champions League. For his experience it would be great to hopefully come to the group stage.
“That would give him an extra bag of experience to take with him for the next step.
“But you see Ronald Koeman, for example. He did well with the Dutch national team and Barcelona came along. You think that train is only going to stop once and you have to step on it.
“Maybe that can also happen with Gerrard. You don’t know.
“But he seems like a very stable guy. He knows what he wants and that is good for Rangers.
“I have not only been impressed with him this year but all the progress before that. It is an incredible achievement and I am very proud of the whole club.”