Ex-Celtic manager tells Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to savour success in Scotland

John Barnes believes Steven Gerrard has proven his credentials as a ‘very good manager’ in building up a 21-point advantage in the SPFL Premiership title race.

And the former Celtic boss, who spent eight months at Parkhead in season 1999-2000 says the Ibrox boss should savour any success that’s in the pipeline and leave career moves until later.

With Rangers unbeaten and on the back of a 15-game winning run in the SPFL Premiership, Barnes has changed his opinions on the title race having previously branded Rangers’ hopes of landing the league ‘unrealistic’ and told his fellow former Liverpool midfielder to enjoy the success next season, plus a potential crack at the Champions League, rather than move back to England where he thinks he is destined to work one day.

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Speaking to Bonuscodebets.co.uk, Barnes said: “Steven has shown that he is a very good manager but I believe he is where he should be.

Steven Gerrard has impressed domestically and on the continent this season. (Photo by Rico Brouwer / SNS Group)
Steven Gerrard has impressed domestically and on the continent this season. (Photo by Rico Brouwer / SNS Group)

"I’m sure Steven would see himself managing a club in England, as that is most likely a more attractive proposition than Rangers, possibly. However, it may not be a Premier League club but a Championship club and would that then be as attractive as Rangers? I don’t know; Steve is only one that can decide.

"I think he’ll stay where he is for time being…as he should. And when (if) they win the league, he should enjoy that success rather than heading down south straight away. He should give it time.”

Having started the season at 2/1, Rangers are now 1/40 for the title. A number of bookmakers are offering odds as short as 1/100, according to Bonuscodebets.co.uk.

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