Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his admiration for former England team-mate Frank Lampard for the job he has done as Chelsea manager – but admits that he wants to renew his rivalry with his old sparring partner.
Gerrard and Lampard were constantly compared as players, and now as managers, and Gerrard know that it’s likely to follow them both around wherever they are.
The Ibrox boss believes that Lampard will have a similar view of the future – and confessed he wants to rival Joe Mourinho at some point too.
“I admire Frank for his bottle, leading Chelsea in the biggest league in the world during a transfer ban. I’m proud of him as a former team-mate,” Gerrard told the Mail on Sunday.
“There will naturally be a comparison to me and Frank because there was when we were players. Could we play together? Who was better? There is still an element of that but the reality is we are in two completely different jobs.
“So would I (like to renew their rivalry). I’m sure Frank has had the same thoughts. But I’d also love to become a rival to Jose Mourinho.”
Lampard has guided the Blues to fourth in the Premier League in his first season as manager at Stamford Bridge and has won plaudits for putting his faith in youth.
One of those who has massively benefited is former Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour, with the teen a regular part of the first-team squad now.
While it seems unlikely Lampard will manage in Scotland anytime soon, hopefully, Gerrard doesn’t head south to renew his rivalry in the near future.