Rangers have five options to replace Steven Gerrard as boss including Frank Lampard

Steven Gerrard is expected to leave Rangers to take up the reins at Aston Villa according to various reports. The former Liverpool captain has been a huge success at the Ibrox, having won their first Scottish League title in dominant fashions last season.

As well as breaking Celtic’s nine-year grip on the top division in Scottish football, Gerrard’s side did so without losing a single league match.

However, it appears his time in the Ibrox dug-out is petering to an end as Gerrard, and his assistant coaches Michael Beale, Garry McAllister, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milson are expected to takeover at Villa Park.

Reports from the Guardian have claimed Aston Villa are now “fully confident” of naming Gerrard as the long-term replacement for Dean Smith, who was sacked by the club after a run of five consecutive defeats.

And with his exit becoming inevitable, talk is now turning to who can fill his shoes at Rangers – Express Sport considers five options who can replace Gerrard.

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Frank Lampard

Considering the midfield rivalry between Gerrard and Frank Lampard in their playing days, it would be almost poetic if the former Chelsea and Derby County boss replaced Gerrard. Lampard has been a free agent since he was sacked by Chelsea at the beginning of the year, and the Birmingham Mail has labelled him the second favourite to be the next manager of Rangers.

In his first season, he guided the Blues to Champions League qualification and an FA Cup Final while under a transfer ban.

Russell Martin

Swansea City manager Russell Martin has reportedly been identified as Gerrard’s replacement, according to the Daily Mirror. The 35-year-old only arrived into South Wales in August; however, it is understood Rangers are targeting the former MK Dons manager.

Martin’s appointment would be a clear demonstration of Rangers’ apparent managerial blueprint of hiring young progressive managers to take over the reins at the Ibrox Stadium. Swansea are currently in 12th position and are three points away from the play-off places.


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Paolo Fonseca

The former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma manager would bring a possession based, attacking style of play which would excite the Rangers’ faithful.

Fonseca was close to becoming the Tottenham Hotspur manager – and then Newcastle United boss – emphasising a clear interest of managing in Great Britain.

He is a very experienced manager in domestic and European competition, having won three consecutive Ukrainian league and cup doubles during his time at Shakhtar.

While he endured a mixed spell at Roma, there is little doubt the Portuguese manager would be a strong option at Rangers.

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Daniel Farke

Another progressive manager who demands attacking, progressive football.

Farke has only recently been sacked by Norwich City, but a move up North could possibly tempt the German.

While he was not able to keep the Canaries in the Premier League, the way in which his side were promoted to the Championship with 97 points was very impressive.

The Rangers position may have come slightly too early for the former Borussia Dortmund II manager, but he would be a very strong option, nevertheless.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith and Gerrard trading places would be a very fascinating move.

The former Brentford manager did an outstanding job as Villa manager, bringing them back to the Premier League and solidifying their position.

And the 50-year-old achieved all of this while playing an attractive brand of football and developing captain Jack Grealish to the point he was sold for £100m.

Smith would be a very enticing prospect for any football club, and with Rangers offering European football and being in need of a new manager, Smith could be enticed to make the trip up north.

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