Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been optimistically linked with the Birmingham City job but recent comments from the Ibrox boss appear to completely kill off the prospect of him leaving any time soon.
According to a speculative report from Football Insider, Gerrard is the Blues main target to replace Pep Clotet but there doesn’t appear to any basis in reality for it.
Gerrard has made no secret of his desire to succeed at Ibrox and spoke recently about being “all in” at Ibrox.
“If people think I am going to leave Rangers in the near future – because it is my decision – and I don’t want to be there, then that opinion is wrong,” Gerrard told The Times in May.
“In terms of me being proud and happy to be the manager, and wanting to move the club forward and improve it, then I am all in. It was always going to be a job where I had to learn on the go.”
The likelihood is that Gerrard’s name has been thrown into the mix to generate some headlines and a bit of buzz but there’s as much chance of him starting the new season at St Andrew’s as there is of Lionel Messi replacing Steven Davis as Rangers’ number 10 next term.
The Ibrox boss will be able to step up his preparations for the new season after it was confirmed players can resume full-contact training from today.
After two weeks of working in small groups, it’s another step towards normality ahead of the season starting on August 1.