Newcastle United have dominated the headlines across football during the international break and Rangers – and namely manager Steven Gerrard – have not been without their share of Toon-related coverage.
The Ibrox gaffer has been routinely mentioned alongside the manager’s job on Tyneside following a £350m takeover from the £320bn Saudi Public Investment Fund [Independent].
Steve Bruce remains in charge – if not an unfashionable choice for a Newcastle with superclub ambitions – but Gerrard has been touted as one of the men who could be tasked with spearheading the St James’ Park revolution.
The origins of the reports appear to stem from bookies odds – not the most concrete of sources we know – but during a drab international break, the conversation has filled copy space.
Whether it’s talk of odds being slashed or comments from ex-Gerrard teammates and voices of interest down south and up north, Gerrard to Newcastle has perhaps been the club football story in Scotland from the last fortnight.
That’s despite it having little to no real substance.
Steven Gerrard no longer Newcastle United frontrunner
But for Rangers fans following this erratic tale of Saudi money and Premier League glory, Gerrard no longer appears to be the in-vogue choice for Magpies manager.
As the Shields Gazette explains, Steven Gerrard’s ex-Liverpool manager and current Leicester City bos Brendan Rodgers is now the frontrunner for the job with Bruce odds on to get the chop.
This comes after Football Insider claimed the Toon were genuinely interested in Gerrard with the ex-Celtic boss also a genuine option.
Graham Potter and Frank Lampard are other options who’ve been mentioned, whilst elite managers Antonio Conte and Roberto Mancini have distanced themselves from the role.
Rodgers – like Gerrard – appears settled at his current club and it’s hard to imagine Newcastle United prising the former Swansea tactician away from the King Power Stadium.
But Rangers fans will agree that so long as this extinguishes any suggestion that Gerrard could move down south, then they won’t really care.
Whilst Rangers fans might not be looking on at what’s happening at Newcastle with any great fondness when it comes to Gerrard, here’s why one group of Ibrox partners will be.