Rangers: Steven Gerrard reacts to unbeaten season
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Rangers should replace Steven Gerrard with Manchester United assistant Michael Carrick, according to the club’s former midfielder Charlie Adam. The Scottish champions are searching for a new manager after Gerrard left the club to take over at Aston Villa earlier this week.
Gerrard has succeeded Dean Smith at the Premier League side, leaving Rangers to look for a replacement boss for the first time since January 2018.
The job is an exciting one, given Gerrard has left Rangers top of the Scottish Premiership, four points above arch-rivals Celtic.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been installed as favourite with the bookmakers after being pictured arriving in London for talks on Saturday morning.
The former Rangers player’s representatives told Sky Sports their client held “positive” talks with the club’s hierarchy about the job.
But Adam, who spent six years with the club as a player, believes Rangers should go with a more left-field choice.
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“I’ll throw a name in the hat: Michael Carrick,” Adam said on the BBC’s Sportsound podcast.
“He has been at Manchester United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven.
“Will they go down that same route? Will they go for an experienced name? There will only be three or four people that know.”
Carrick has been on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff at United since retiring from playing in 2018.
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The 40-year-old works alongside Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan at Old Trafford, but has never been linked with high-profile management jobs before.
He is far from the only former player of that generation currently being discussed over the job.
Gerrard’s departure has seen his former England team-mates Frank Lampard and John Terry linked with the role north of the border.
Lampard has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in January and he has received the significant backing of Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish.
“I think Frank has excellent credentials,” Dalglish wrote in his Sunday Post column. “In his first job at Derby County, he showed lots of promise. That’s why Chelsea took him on.
“I thought he was very unfortunate to lose his job at Stamford Bridge, and deserved more time.
“He still has a good relationship with Chelsea and that might be beneficial to Rangers if he can bring one or two players to Ibrox on loan from London.”
Van Bronckhorst is the clear favourite with the bookmakers, ahead of Lampard, while former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and ex-Rangers player Gennaro Gattuso are considered longer shots.
Van Bronckhorst played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001 and has four years of experience with Dutch side Feyenoord on his CV – helping them win the Eredivisie title for the first time this side of the millennium.
Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson is leading the recruitment and is expected to make his decision in the coming days.
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