Steven Gerrard will be announced as the new Rangers manager on Friday and will look to bring in Martin Skrtel as a player-coach, according to the Scottish Sun.
The newspaper report that the Liverpool legend is set to put pen to paper on a three-year deal to replace Graeme Murty as Ibrox boss and is in the process of finalising his backroom team.
The Sun claim that he may today announce the appointment of 33-year-old former Anfield teammate Skrtel in a player-coach role, with Gary McAllister and Tom Culshaw also set for roles.
It is said that Skrtel’s arrival may mean the exit of experienced stopper Bruno Alves, who has spent just one year at Ibrox since joining under Pedro Caixinha last summer.
The reports this morning suggested that Gerrard would look to bring in Skrtel to shore up his defence, which looked like a decent move from him. However, this adds another layer to the story in that Skrtel will be acting as a coach as well at Ibrox. It is certainly an interesting move from Gerrard, who looks to be putting together a dynamic team to challenge Celtic’s dominance in Scotland. His inexperience as manager may count against him in many regards, but it may also be a blessing in disguise for Rangers as he sets about thing in his own way. There is no doubting Gerrard’s football brain and his commitment to the game, and that is the best start possible for a manager making his way in the game. His name will also be a big bonus for Rangers, with the draw of playing for Gerrard sure to attract players that would possibly not have considered moving to the club beforehand.