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12 Jul 2020 11:45:30
I see Bristol City want Gerrard and if reports are to be believed, their billionaire owner is willing to bankroll him with £millions to gain them promotion to the Premier League. If this is true then will Gerrard be tempted. Three seasons at Bristol City, gain promotion and then go to Liverpool. It has to be a concern. Lansdown as quoted as saying that he will spend what it takes, reputedly, Bristol City has some promising young players. At Rangers he has to win the league this coming Season. What is everyone's view. For me, we have to hope that as he is a man of honour he will see out his contract but we must provide the funding to bring in players to give him a fighting chance of winning the league.


1.) 12 Jul 2020 12:02:00
Don't think Gerrard will want to leave with not proving himself here first.

2.) 12 Jul 2020 12:08:02
It wouldn't bother me if he went to be honest not been impressed by him so far.

3.) 12 Jul 2020 12:12:57
U never know with football. If he left we could always bring someone in better. Massive season for Rangers and for Gerrard. Either going to be a legend or go down as one of our worst ever managers. So far zero trophies won and about 20million lighter, need to win league this season coming or its a massive failure again.

4.) 12 Jul 2020 12:19:38
Dsger and who would u replace him with if he left.

5.) 12 Jul 2020 12:20:40
Paul not sure how 20 million lighter. He made us near 30 million from Europe.

6.) 12 Jul 2020 12:22:27
Win nothing this new season and he will be gone with the wrath of our supporters ringing in his ears.

A tainted 9 and a possible ten will be too much for me and many others to bear ("bear" not a pun) .

Let the board and us get behind him for his FINAL push.

7.) 12 Jul 2020 12:22:55
So the billionaire will spend what it takes . FFP might stop that if it is relevant in the championship.

8.) 12 Jul 2020 12:28:19
No chance he goes this season we cannot bed in another manager and his spending needs
Whatever you think of him he gets the club and the importance of this season
We played some great football last season highlights included braga, strangely cup final where we played them off park and got cheated with a blatant offside goal
Lowest for me defeats to hearts in the cup
I think he’d go without being pushed if we win nothing this season.

9.) 12 Jul 2020 12:35:53
Cant see Gerrard leaving for Bristol City. Gerrard will not want to be know as a failure at Rangers. He's determined to succeed here.

10.) 12 Jul 2020 12:37:47
John meaning he's spent 20mill in transfers and won us abosultely zero. We made about 15mill from europe the 1st year we made groups yet the club still was minus like 11million on the books. And the majority of his signings ( including loans) have been duds.

11.) 12 Jul 2020 12:53:07
Let Bristol pay millions for Gerrard then and we could replace him with John Terry maybe then our defenders will learn how to defend.

12.) 12 Jul 2020 13:04:56
There's absolutely NO chance steven gerrard will leave rangers, to become the new bristol city manager, no matter what billionaire owns them!
Gerrard is a winner and as determined as a manager as he was as a world class midfielder for liverpool! He's also a very loyal guy. He will only leave rangers for a certain few clubs and be realistic guys, it won't be for bristol city.
He knows how honoured/ privileged he is to be the glasgow rangers manager! I stick by what i've said all along, that steven gerrard will win the league as rangers manager.

13.) 12 Jul 2020 13:10:15
How is he a failure and not good enough? European last 16 and competing with a team in the east who have had more year on year as a budget and investment with an established team and squad already in place. Gerrard has started with a team struggling to beat Aberdeen to second to playing the Celtic off the park. Need I mention progres?

14.) 12 Jul 2020 13:42:14
Hes brought in Dafoe, Borna, Katic, Edmunson, Arfield, Aribo, Goldson, Davis, Kent, Mcgregor, Haji, Helander, Kamara, Jones, Stewart, Polster, Flanagan. None of these are what I would call duds. Most of the duds are gone or were put out on loan. Only Barker remains and I think that was Mark Allens. Before he came in we looked like this.

Tav Cardoso Bates Declan John
Goss Holt
Candias Nico Windass

Subs, Miller, Wallace, Alf, Jack, Alves, Russel Martin, Hodson, Penna, Rossiter, Herrera, Doddoo, Ohaloran, Forester, Dalcio, Dorrans, Halliday etc etc.

The only players (apart from some youngsters) to have survived to this point at Rangers from 2017/ 18 are Alf, Jack and Tav.

We are not there yet and he know is it but we are getting closer to what a Rangers team should look like. This is Gerrards season with nowhere to hide as 95% of the players are his own, he knows the club, the fans, the league, the clubs, the weather, the pitches, the refs, the media, so no Silverware this time round then a portion of our fans will be asking questions.

I would argue however that getting to where we are in Europe is more beneficial than winning the league cup for example. He has to be given credit for that.

15.) 12 Jul 2020 13:52:51
I think it would be too risky for Gerrard tbh. He has it so easy up here.

Most of our fans are totally besotted by him and he can do no wrong.

If he was to go down south and fail at championship level his managerial career would be over before it even started. He would be back managing the Liverpool reserves in no time.

16.) 12 Jul 2020 13:56:00
Any Rangers manager who does not win a trophy in 3 years won’t be there for a 4th regardless if it Gerrard or anyone else. The main ingredient we are missing is winning mentality and he has three players to find with this to give himself a chance.

I really hope he achieves it.

Great players are not always great managers. I blame the players in the last two seasons for their lack of ability to compete for the whole season but these players are now Gerard’s team so he will take the credit or the blame come May 2021.

17.) 12 Jul 2020 14:07:27

He has failed in his job so far I don’t care about Europe he has won a trophy in Scotland and that’s what matters especially the league.
So at the moment he has Failed but can change that this season.

18.) 12 Jul 2020 14:26:32
I personally believe that he will stay with us, principally because he is a man of honour however, if he doesn't win the league this coming Season the Club needs to stick with him. I believe that he has done a remarkable job given what he inherited and the little funding that he has had to date. While not all of his signings have been a success we are certainly in a better position than before he arrived and our run in Europe has been quite exceptional. I just hope that he is given the financial support and our DoF can bring in three quality first team players since I believe that is all we are short of winning the league in 2021, (assuming of course that the SPFL don't come up with another fiddle to give it to those creatures in the East End) .

19.) 12 Jul 2020 14:35:17
John i think beale would be my coach to replace him acording to the platers its him that's doing all the donky work SG isn't working he's won zilch fur us i'm no sure but is he no the least succesful coach in our history i might have that part wrong tho.

20.) 12 Jul 2020 14:52:51
Paul think where we would be without his Europe money.

21.) 12 Jul 2020 14:55:30
Dsger on that basis if Beale doing all the donkey work he has then failed.

22.) 12 Jul 2020 14:55:43
Good post tjbb.

23.) 12 Jul 2020 15:30:10
Compare the history. Glasgow Rangers v Bristol City. I rest my case.

24.) 12 Jul 2020 15:38:13
Tjbb i would say a few of them are duds yes. stewart barker most of his loans. grezda jones hasn't exactly shined either . he also never signed mcgregor or arfield they were already in door b4 he was manager. just. yeah john without europe money we would be in whole world of trouble . but facts are if he doesn't win league or anything this season he will go down as one of the worst ever. Praying not obviously. But unless we sign and 2 or 3 quality players that can slot into 1st 11 then we won't have enough to stip celtic.

25.) 12 Jul 2020 17:47:14
When the time comes for Gerard to leave I believe that Beale will go with him. For me, Rino Gatusso would be the man to replace him and there is every chance that this could happen.

26.) 12 Jul 2020 17:59:06
Berkshire agree re Beale.
Do u think we could afford Gatusso, depends on timing don’t write off Defoe.

27.) 12 Jul 2020 19:52:50
John 25, we have family friends in Carmunock. They knew Gatusso as his wife's parents lived beside them. His wife would like to return to Scotland and last time we spoke with them they said that Gatusso was serious that he wanted to return to Scotland and would love to come back to Rangers.

28.) 12 Jul 2020 21:57:14
I get that Berkshire but he’s on allegedly two million in Italy.

29.) 13 Jul 2020 09:35:11
Aye because Aston Villa with Terry in the background are rock solid at the back and ripping up the EPL this season!

30.) 13 Jul 2020 09:39:10
We all have and are perfectly entitled to our opinions on steven gerrard's reign so far, as rangers manager. But what i just can't understand guys, is some on here who don't think we've improved under gerrard, because in my eyes we have improved and improved a lot under gerrard and we're getting there, but i know we're ALL wanting it yesterday, if you like.

For any of our supporters who don't think we've improved a lot under gerrard, think to pedro caixinha and surely you must see massive improvement since then! The full club from top to bottom has been overhauled and all for the very best and our future, i believe looks very good! We've got very professional/ very good coaches all the way through our academy now.

This all takes time fellow bears and will be fruitful, given time which some of us just don't want to give. I know having been going to watch rangers everywhere, for nigh on 43 years now, that the expectations of our fantastic football institution,
was structured in ALWAYS winning things and 2nd place was as well as being last, for glasgow rangers football club! Having said that and looking at the devastation of our club and where we've been and how low we were, i do honestly think we have to be a wee bit more patient as we will get there and get there under steven gerrard! 👍👌

We will be the dominant club again under gerrard, i don't have any doubt about that. Its coming fellow bears, so let's get right behind gerrard and the management team and our players and put a hault to the ANTHILL MOB's dominance. We've proved under gerrard, we're more than a match for them👌! Consistency agsinst the smaller teams and dealing with the deep block of these teams and we're sorted and i wholeheartedly believe that! 👍👌.




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02 May 2021 12:06:45
It is quite feasible that we could sign this lad, even at €8.5m if Kamara is sold and there are more and more rumours appearing every day that there is serious interest in him from Leeds, Watford and others. We need to be bringing in quality young players given that Jack has major injury problems and Arfield and Davis aren't getting any younger. Right now I don't see any obvious candidates in the right age groups at Ibrox to replace these guys.




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02 May 2021 11:59:34
I suspect we will sign at least one more striker, two if Morelos is sold. I see both Salaka and Roofe as forwards that are not out and out strikers. We have been watching the lad at Brentford and also the lad at Middlesborough. I see us signing one if not both of these guys. I don't see us giving Defoe a new contract unless there is a coaching role attached and I don't see Itten as an option to lead the front line. We need to build our squad up, get rid of players like Stewart, Jones, etc., and as Gerrard himself has said we need to continue to build the quality of our squad.




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27 Apr 2021 22:23:53
Gerrard has repeatedly said that each transfer window we need to increase the quality of our squad. Bringing back any of our ex-players would consequently be a massive step backwards. Wilson's job this summer will be to maximise our income from selling off failures and at the same time bringing in a higher standard of player than was signed last summer.




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08 Apr 2021 16:50:23
The coming season for me will be the defining one for Itten. So far he has not been convincing but then I remember that Mark Hateley struggled in his first season. This coming season he needs to show that he can genuinely compete and while that means him being given a starting role he needs to take any chance t comes his way to show that he has what is needed to lead the attack and score goals both in the SPL and in Europe.




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24 Mar 2021 16:46:30
Italian Media are quoting £10m as the asking price and no one appears to be disputing that. A player is worth what a Club is willing to pay for him. Amazing though it might sound Clubs do pay over the odds as we saw when Arsenal bought a certain Scottish Full Back. Personally I am more interested in who we will sign since I believe that we need to strengthen the squad for next season. I would like to see us sign Lundstrom along with a quality centre forward, (since we appear to be losing DeFoe and I just don't rate Itten) . If Morelos is sold then I believe we will need to sign two strikers. I would also like to see us sign another midfield player given that Arfield and Davis are not getting any younger and Gerrard has already indicated that Jack will need to be managed carefully. I don't see Zungu being good enough. Depending on how Katic progresses and how well Jack Simpson settles in we might need to consider a new Centre back as well, (I am assuming that neither Jones, Stewart or Edmundson will be with us next season.





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02 May 2021 12:24:00
Fully agree Tom, although I suspect our Board are fully aware of the need to strengthen our squad with better quality players. I also think that we will lose one or two, possibly Hagi and Kamara; but we should generate good fees for them and that should allow us to strengthen both our midfield and attack beyond the Bosmans that we are being linked with.




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30 Apr 2021 16:08:33
This close season will be the most important close season to date and we need to see four quality new players in line with Gerrard's strategy of continuous improvement of the squad. For me we need to bring in two quality midfield players, we can't continue to depend on Davis and Arfield ton play every week especially nit we want a run in Europe. Whoever comes in needs to be a significant upgrade on Zunga! I would also like to see us sign two quality forwards, I don't see us retaining Defoe and I just don't rate Itten. If we lose Kent Morelos or Helander then we will need to replace them with players of at least the same quality. With Katic injured and just getting his fitness back I wouldn't be adverse to seeing another centre back on our books, perhaps an older player with experience and leadership qualities.




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27 Apr 2021 22:35:29
Personally I am hoping that we sign two new strikers and that we hold on to Morelos. I don't believe that Defoe will be with us next season unless it is in a player coach role at a significantly reduced wage and I don't rate Itten. Roofe isn't an out and out striker and with the UEFA League of major importance we need to have a significantly improved squad than we had this season.




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27 Apr 2021 22:26:06
Unfortunately I suspect that fleck would be outside our price range. That said, he would be a perfect addition. I also reckon that Lundstrom would be a good signing.




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08 Apr 2021 17:00:24
I remain to be convinced about Itten and if we sell Morelos then I believe that we will need to bring in a similar style of striker. I don't see Roofe as an out and out striker and if Defoe stays then I suspect that he will have similar game time to this season and I just don't see Itten as a McCoist, a Stein or a Hateley. In terms of selling to balance the books, if the rumours of €15m for Hagi are true then he could be the one to go. At this stage I would want to hold on to Barasic since I don't believe that we have anyone ready to replace him and I certainly wouldn't want to lose Kent or Morelos unless we are offered silly money. Worryingly, I can see Kamara moving and that will leave us short in midfield given Davis age and Ryan Jack's injury problems. It is going to be an interesting summer since I believe that we need to strengthen our squad if we are to progress in Europe and retain the League.