By Nick Ware

11th Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

'What if…’ - English club chief confirms he wanted Gerrard before Rangers swooped in

The chairman of MK Dons has detailed his disappointment at failing to capture Steven Gerrard before he was lured to the top job at Rangers.

Gerrard landed in Glasgow in the summer of 2018 and tasked with the tough job of restoring Rangers back to their rightful place at the top of Scottish football, but it could all have been so different if MK Dons supremo Pete Winkelman had got his way.

The Light Blues boss was a wanted man after announcing his retirement from his playing career in 2016 and had an interview for the manager role at the League One club in November of that year.

However he turned it down and Winkelman expressed his regret in an interview with Record Sport, saying: “Steven Gerrard was absolutely my first choice for manager four years ago for the job and when I see him doing so well at Rangers now there is no doubt I ask myself ‘what if?…'”

He added: “Unfortunately for us, the timing just wasn’t right and we missed out on Steven.”

MK Dons suffered relegation to League Two the season after trying to lure Gerrard and now languish mid-table in League One while Rangers are 18 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Hands off, he’s ours

Aren’t we glad about how events transpired.

Of course if Rangers had come calling for Gerrard at MK Dons there would have been little for him to think about and he surely would have still made the journey to Ibrox as manager.

But what if his first stint in senior management had gone wrong? In the third-tier of English football?

Would the Gers hierarchy have risked their reputation to hire someone who was struggling in the lower ends of the English Football League?

It would have been a brave move so we are just thankful that Gerrard is here and ours to keep for a good while yet.

Under his superb stewardship the Light Blues have soared to heights not seen for some time with the club sitting pretty atop the Premiership and eyeing a season of invincibility after going unbeaten during the first 28 games.

A run to the latter stages of the Europa League is also a possibility with a round of 32 tie to come against Royal Antwerp which should be light work for this side.

At Ibrox News we can not wait to see what the future holds under our brilliant boss.

In other Rangers news, Gers handed big blow ahead of potential pre-contract signing.