Rangers should have nothing to worry about over Steven Gerrard’s future at Ibrox after a report claimed that Leeds are keeping an eye on the Gers boss as a potential replacement for Marcelo Bielsa.
According to Football Insider, citing “Leeds sources,” the Elland Road side view Gerrard as a “prime contender” to replace Bielsa if the Argentinian fails to get them promoted for a second successive season.
The likelihood of Gerrard leaving Rangers for a team that have failed to make it back to the top flight in more than a decade doesn’t really seem like the sort of position that is going to lure him away from Ibrox.
While English football might want to position itself as the “best in the world” the reality is that, outside of a handful of clubs, it isn’t necessarily the most attractive.
Gerrard has never shied away from the fact that he wants to one day manage Liverpool – and should Jurgen Klopp leave Anfield for whatever reason then Gerrard would likely be in the conversation – but it’s hard to see what Leeds United would offer that Gerrard doesn’t have at Ibrox.
A move to Yorkshire isn’t going to increase his chances of the Liverpool job and, going by recent history, it could well prove a big black mark against his still fledgeling management career.
There would be no European football, no massive derbies, no packed house most weeks and no real expectation to succeed.
Leeds are no longer one of England’s big clubs like they were when Rangers beat them home and away in the inaugral edition of the Champions League.
They’d struggle to lay claim to even being the biggest team in Yorkshire anymore.
Unlike other managers who have left Scotland recently for jobs in England, Gerrard has never particularly given off the impression that managing in the Premier League is the absolute aim for his career – being Liverpool boss is – so interest from Leeds is unlikely to interest him.
The most likely outcome is that, as long as Gerrard can be successful in Scotland then he’ll remain as Rangers manager – unless Liverpool or England offer him the hotseat.
One or two other jobs could have enough of an appeal to lure him back to England but unlike his former Anfield manager and Old Firm counterpart, it seems incredibly likely he’s going to jump at the first opportunity to cross back over Hadrian’s Wall.