Christian Purslow: 'Steven Gerrard could put Rangers back on map'

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But ex-Celtic boss Barnes believes that the former Liverpool captain will be set up to fail if he takes the job.

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has claimed that Steven Gerrard could put Rangers "back on the map".

Lampard has been linked with the vacant Ipswich Town post following Mick McCarthy's departure from the Championship side.

"It's a little bit different from when I went because as much as Rangers probably financially were stronger than Celtic at that time, Celtic could still compete with them". "I've already managed to get my A Licence in coaching". He's not going to go there and be naive enough to think all of a sudden "I'm going to turn it around".

"But I think it's a ideal fit". I work with him now, and his analysis and extent of knowledge about the game is huge. And good for him.

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Meanwhile Dave King, the Ibrox club chairman, has seen The Takeover Panel make further legal moves to force him to make an £11 million offer to buy out other shareholders. I don't think that will happen if he surrounds himself with the right people.

"At this moment, I think Rangers being in the top division for three-four years to get that money and possibility get into the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, the money can be there for them hopefully in the not too distant future".

Lampard won 106 England caps between 1999 and 2014, and retired fully in 2016 after a stint with New York City.

'So it's not because Steven is inexperienced, it's not because he's not managed anyone. "I've spent a lot of time at Chelsea this year, gaining hours of experience", Lampard said. "And Steven doing it there at Liverpool's academy has been smart".