Rangers chairman Dave King has claimed there is a “zero per cent” chance of Steven Gerrard leaving Rangers to become Liverpool manager in the “near future”.
The Gers landed their 55th Scottish title over the weekend, but their first for 10 years and Gerrard has already written himself into the history books.
Rangers inevitably took the title on Sunday after Celtic failed to beat Dundee United. The result gave Rangers an unassailable 20-point lead and handed Gerrard his first league title.
The Whiston-born boss has repeatedly been linked with a return to manage his boyhood club Liverpool. However, despite Jurgen Klopp’s current struggles with the Premier League champions, King says Gerrard has big ambitions with Rangers.
King says that Gerrard has some pressing matters at Ibrox, despite winning the title after less than three years at the helm.
King said in the Glasgow Times: “I think there’s a zero per cent chance of Steven going to Liverpool in the near future.
“I say that for two reasons. Liverpool as a club don’t abandon their managers very easily.
“Klopp has done a fantastic job, they’ve had a difficult season, but he is still a great manager and I think he’ll still be there next season, continuing to be successful.
“Secondly, Steven is not the type of man to break a contract. Steven extended his contract with Rangers full in the knowledge that it would require winning a title and then defending a title.
“Getting into the Champions League was another obvious target. I don’t think Steven will be satisfied with just winning the league. I know he wants to defend that league title and I know he wants to get into the Champions League.
“From Steven’s point of view spending the next few years at Rangers is going to be good for him, his career and, of course, it will be good for Rangers.
“A move to Liverpool is somewhere down the road and why would Steven want to go to another club? He loves the club, the supporters love him and he has the full support and backing of the board.
“He has a big task ahead of him, defending the league title will be important. It’s important the fans enjoy this moment because it’s been a long time coming, but next season will come around quickly.”
Klopp is under contract until 2024, and currently it is understood he will walk away from Anfield after the expiration of his deal.
There was speculation last month that he may decide to walk away before then, with his eye on the German national team job.
Klopp though, whose side are in a sticky patch of form, rejected the talk, he said: “And what was the other thing? That I could leave? Would leave?.
“Ah – so did I get the sack or did I leave by myself or what? What is the word? What were the rumours about?”
Liverpool’s press officer made it clear there were rumours about leaving or taking a break.
Klopp continued: “Oh, neither nor. Neither nor. I don’t need a break. So I heard as well actually about… look the last thing I want to do is talk about private things in a press conference.”
Carragher: Gerrard in no rush
When Klopp does decide to walk away, Gerrard will undoubtedly be on the short-list to replace him.
However, Jamie Carragher does not believe Gerrard, 40, will move south for any old job. He also thinks Gerrard is in no rush to leave the Scottish giants.
“If Gerrard continues to win big in Scotland, it is sure to land him many Premier League job offers, with the implication that managing a mid-table team in England is more attractive than being Rangers or Celtic coach,” Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.
“I am not convinced that applies in Gerrard’s case.
“There was a time when I might have gone along with the idea that Rangers is a good first stepping stone for my former Liverpool team-mate, and he should have his eye on a swift Premier League return in readiness for an inevitable Anfield reunion later in his career.
“Having seen what he is building at Rangers, I do not believe he has to leave Ibrox and prove himself anywhere else. Certainly not yet.”
Carragher added: “The biggest tribute you can pay him is it is now Celtic who need to find someone of the required ilk to take on Gerrard.
“Best of luck with that. There’s a new king of Scottish football and he looks ready to reign for a while.”