By Saikat Mandal

10th Oct, 2021 | 3:10pm

Kenny Dalglish claims Steven Gerrard focused on Rangers amid Newcastle interest

Sir Kenny Dalglish has claimed that Steven Gerrard is fully focused on Rangers at the moment, and he is not even thinking about what’s going on at St James’ Park.

Newcastle United are expected to sack Steve Bruce within the next few days, and the Magpies are drawing up alternatives to replace him.

It has been speculated in the media that Gerrard is one of the names the Magpies could consider. However, Dalglish insists the Rangers boss is focused on his job at Ibrox.

The Magpies are reportedly considering several names including the likes of Graham Potter and Antonio Conte.

“Will they have Steven Gerrard in the dugout?,” Dalglish told The Sunday Post, via footballscotland.

“He has been fantastic for Rangers. He won their first SPFL Premiership title for 10 years in a crucial season, given Celtic were going for 10-in-a-row.

“He has also made some huge strides in European competition.

“Right now, though, Steven will not be paying any attention to what is going on at St James’ Park. His only focus will be on Rangers, and Saturday’s massive game at home to Hearts.”

Strong claim

Gerrard has done a terrific job at Rangers since taking charge of the Ibrox club in 2018. He has made steady progress and helped the Gers win the SPFL title last season.

Right now, Gerrard will be focused on winning the league game against Hearts at the top of the table clash.

Rangers defeated Hibernian before the international break and another win on Saturday will put them in a strong position in the title race.

Having said that, Gerrard could be keen to explore the chance of managing a Premier League side if there’s an offer on the table.

Newcastle haven’t approached him with an offer as of now, and Gerrard won’t lose sleep thinking what could happen when such a big game is around the corner. Dalglish is absolutely spot on here.

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