The Glasgow Rangers board and fanbase will be really excited to know that manager Steven Gerrard is close to extending his Ibrox contract to stay until June 2024, as per Sky Sports.
The report states that the Gers have submitted an improved offer to the coach and the Scottish club are confident he will sign fairly soon.
With Gerrard’s contract extended by two years, it doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t leave earlier.
But it does mean Rangers will be entitled to a large compensation pay off – if he does go.
If there was any doubt whether Rangers have narrowed the gap on Celtic, then the Betfred Cup Final proved to Gerrard, the fans and the Scottish media, that winning a trophy is imminent.
Everyone connected with Rangers is convinced, it’s only a matter of time until the trophy room will have more honours to display, and more silverware to polish.
In his first managerial post, there is no doubt that Gerrard has transformed the fortunes of the Glasgow giants, by bringing the good times back again.
Under the bosses guidance, Rangers have, yet again, become a European force to be reckoned with. One point is enough to secure a place in the last 32 of the Europa League knockout stages, this week against Young Boys.
If they beat the Swiss side at Ibrox this Thursday, they will top the group, and avoid some big names in the tournament.
Of course, the acclaimed Rangers boss will inevitably be offered a top ranking English Premier League job. Hopefully, he will want to see the fruits of his efforts realised before he considers leaving.
In his 18 months in charge, Gerrard has been particularly impressive by closing the gap on the all-conquering Celtic.
The Hoops have massive spending power, which is a huge advantage over the diminutive Rangers’ budget.
With the limited resources available to Gerrard, and in spite of this huge obstacle, he’s gained a reputation for signing many astute and essential cheap deals for Rangers.
Ryan Kent is the only player who has cost a significant amount of transfer fee, and even then it was a down payment deal that Liverpool so kindly adhered to.
The deal was only concluded to pacify an exceptionally unhappy Kent, who was hellbent in wanting to sign permanently for Rangers.
Jurgen Klopp advised Kent he wouldn’t get much first team experience by staying with Liverpool, therefore, he became incredibly keen to get back to Rangers, where he fell in love with Ibrox under Gerrard’s guidance.
He’s a huge favourite with the fans, because of his overall ability. He can turn a game by delivering magic moments, and is not always consistent.
His undoubted pace and trickery give him the X-Factor, and he certainly makes life hard for defenders, his opponents often foul and treat him unfairly, by using rough tactics.
The 39-year-old Rangers boss, has reached an unbelievable European record for a Scottish club. Since he’s been boss, they have only lost twice in his 27 European ties – now that’s different class management!
Rangers are two points behind Celtic, despite winning 12 and only losing once in 15 league games. They have reached the Europa League group stages for the second season in a row – clear progression under Gerrard.