Steven Gerrard's Rangers success has made Scottish football credible and Celtic fans know it – Hotline

By Sports Hotline

The rumour mill has Steven Gerrard in the running to lead the loadsamoney Newcastle revolution but some fans are having none of it.

Rangers fans don't want to entertain the prospect of losing their manager and there are even Celtic fans who want the Englishman to stay.

Paul Keenan emailed: "As a Celtic fan I want Gerrard to stay. One fluked title during a pandemic, with no fans, is hardly the stuff dreams are made of."

Robert Brown, Glasgow, said: "If Gerrard is the man Newcastle want then it's easy to see why he'd want to go. He'll be given a budget which is so large it will lift his managerial career to a far higher level. He knows he can't win anything in Europe while he's at Ibrox but the spending power at St James Park will put them into the same league as PSG and Manchester City."

Iain Walker, Falkirk, said: "Gerrard has been a great addition to Scottish football as he's added some credibility but his ambitions can't be satisfied in Glasgow. It's only a matter of time before he heads down to England and Newcastle would make sense as money talks in football. As a Rangers fan I would be sad to see him go but he's made us champions again so nobody could complain if he was to leave."

Tam McBride, Pollok, said: "I have my doubts that Newcastle would be willing to gamble on bringing in Gerrard to replace Steve Bruce. One trophy in a two team league in Scotland isn't exactly setting the heather on fire and if we are being honest, the title Rangers won was artificial as the season was a shambles with no fans at games.

"His recruitment has been hit and miss so I think he has a lot more to achieve before he's a target for the bigger clubs."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during a cinch Premiership match against Motherwell (SNS Group)

Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, said: "Hotline caller Albert Styles doesn't agree with my view regarding Gerrard being a good coach as he has spent £50m and only won one trophy.

"The one trophy Gerrard won was Celtic's most important trophy in their history. Celtic have spent far more than Gerrard since he took over at Rangers yet Gerrard managed a 38-point turnaround.

"I would take that and believe my gut instinct rather than listen to somebody who doesn't give credit where credit is due."

Harry Fitzpatrick, Ontario, said: "Gerrard to Newcastle? Where is this rumour coming from? It appears to be the same source which gave us Mark Warburton for England manager and Alfredo Morelos is worth £30m."

Jimmy Murray, Edinburgh, said: "I'm not a Neil Lennon fan, far from it. He should never have been Celtic manager. He was a major failure in the 10 In A Row season but so were John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan. Why are they still there, especially Kennedy.

"He has had nine different jobs at the club and has been a success at none. As long as he is there Rangers won’t have to move out of first gear to dominate Scottish football."

John Bruce emailed: "Mr Charisma, aka Scotland manager Steve Clarke, was so excited after Scotland's last-gasp victory against mighty Israel that he almost broke into a grin. What should we expect if Scotland were to win a play-off game? A smirk?"

William Hutchison, Aberdeen, added: "Why were some people having a go at Scotland's winning goal celebrations on Saturday. We do what every fan does when their team wins: celebrate. It appears that Scotland can't win for some people. When we win, they moan We lose and they moan. We celebrate and they moan."


And finally.

Willie Graham, Bristol, said: "As if Scottish Football didn't have enough problems with sectarianism and racism, another serious issue has surfaced. The booing of the Israeli national anthem on Saturday was disgraceful.

"FIFA needs to take action as this is spreading out of control. Warnings need to be given, and if they are not heeded fans should be excluded. We have a fantastic atmosphere at Hampden, but this nonsense needs to be stopped now."

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