UK billionaire sets sights on Rangers icon in ambitious move - report
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Billionaire owner lines up ambitious move for Rangers figure - report

Championship club Bristol City have included Rangers boss Steven Gerrard on a four-man shortlist as their billionaire owner looks to appoint a new manager.

According to an “exclusive” in the Express, Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Gerrard joins ex-Brighton boss Chris Hughton, Charlton’s Lee Bowyer and Plymouth Argyle’s Ryan Lowe on the list.

The links come after billionaire owner Steve Lansdown sacked their previous manager Lee Johnson following a run of nine games without a win.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is reportedly a managerial target for Bristol City. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Bristol City currently occupy 11th place in the English Championship and actually won their most recent match, against Middlesbrough, 3-1.

It’s not the first time Rangers boss Gerrard has been linked with a move to an English club.

The Anfield icon has previously been mooted for moves to both Derby County and Newcastle United.

However, Gerrard and his backroom staff signed a new deal last season, tying them to Ibrox until at least 2024 [Rangers].

Despite talk of Gerrard’s Ibrox tenure coming to an end last season during a woeful run of domestic form – sparked by his own reaction to season-defining defeats – the manager is known to be committed to his job at Ibrox.

Billionaire Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown has big ambitions in football. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Gerrard does not appear the type to be financially motivated and whilst Bristol City might wave cash in his face the traditions and footballing status of Rangers far outweigh those of Bristol City.

Steven Gerrard, 40, took over at Ibrox to much fanfare in 2018 and has helped revolutionise the club’s image and fortunes on and off the field.

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