Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has turned down an approach from Newcastle United, according to the Daily Mirror.

Mike Ashley is hoping to appoint a replacement for Rafa Benitez as soon as possible, with the Magpies owner identifying the Gers head coach as one of his top targets.

Newcastle have reportedly contacted Gerrard about a potential departure from Rangers, however he is dedicated to his current role with the Scottish Premiership club.

The Gers boss has only been with the club 12 months, helping steer them to a second placed finish in his first season.

Gerrard is a popular figure among Rangers fans after making a huge impression during his first year as a head coach, something that has caught the eye of Newcastle owner Ashley.

While the Magpies were aware their chances of appointing the Liverpool legend were slim, they have still approached him in the hope that a return to the Premier League could lure him away.

Gerrard looks to be focused on his duties with Rangers though, who face a trip to Gibralta to take on St Joseph’s in a Europa League qualifier.

Newcastle will be desperate to appoint a replacement for the departed Benitez before the start of the new season, with Patrick Vieira also a speculative target.

Rangers fans will be delighted by the news, and their opinion of Gerrard will improve even more given the club’s bad relationship with Ashley.

The Gers boss will be hoping to bridge the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership this season, as they finished nine points off the pace.

On the other hand, Newcastle will be looking to bring in someone who can help them avoid the drop for yet another season as they aim to retain their place in the Premier League.

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