An old rival of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will not be turning out as Celtic manager after he was appointed permanently at a club he was in caretaker charge of.
Derby County have appointed Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney as the club’s manager after he convinced bosses during a caretaker spell.
Captain. Leader. The greatest.@WayneRooney: The Manager 🐏
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 15, 2021
As a result of the appointment, Rooney will call time on an incredible playing career which saw him burst onto the scene as a teenager at Everton and eventually become Manchester United and England’s all-time top scorer.
Derby County is Rooney’s first spell in management as he joins luminaries such as Gerrard and midfielder Frank Lampard in transitioning into the role.
Lampard now manages Chelsea but of course took charge of Derby County in 2018 and spent a successful season with the Rams before the Blues came calling.
Rooney’s decision to follow the duo into management comes after a talkSPORT pundit had suggested he might interest the powers that be at Celtic.
Our Parkhead rivals find themselves in a pickle and Jason Cundy felt this might entice them to move for the ex-DC United forward.
“Last year Rangers imploded but this year there’s not even a title race,” said Cundy [talkSPORT SportsBar 12/01/21].
“Rangers have had a brilliant start this season and continue to do so – Steven Gerrard is making a right name for himself.
“I’m guessing he’ll (Gerrard) want to finish whatever job he started, whether that’s back-to-back titles (or Champions League).
“It will be interesting to see who takes the Celtic job because I can’t see Lennon hanging on after this season.
“I just wonder who might be tempted up there, because what Steven Gerrard has done, Wayne Rooney for example, Frank Lampard after he’s won the title (audible laughing).
“Steven Gerrard has gone up there and made a name for himself.”
It looks like Cundy is set to be disappointed as Rooney signs on at Derby but the Parkhead club have plenty of worries to sort out this season first.
Rangers fans have railed against the powers that be at Parkhead for a self-indulgent claim about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.