By Nick Ware

14th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Alan Brazil backs Rangers boss Steven Gerrard for Newcastle United job

Alan Brazil suggests the chance to test himself in the Premier League could tempt Steven Gerrard to leave Rangers for Newcastle United.

Speaking via talkSPORT [13/10/21] on Wednesday morning, the Celtic-mad broadcaster thinks the chance to manage a “big, big club” in England, one now thought to be the richest in world football after a recent takeover, could convince the Gers boss to leave Ibrox.

“Forget the Celtic-Rangers situation, for Steven to take a big, big club, Rangers are a big club worldwide, probably bigger worldwide than Newcastle, to manage in the Premier League against the big boys, would be a great stepping stone for Steven Gerrard.”

“Not again, he’s trying to get rid of Steven Gerrard,” ex-England midfielder Ray Parlour replied.

However, after Sky Sports’ David Tanner reminded Brazil that the winner of the Scottish Premiership this season goes straight into the 2022/23 Champions League group stage, Brazil conceded that was a “massive” factor, one that could see Gerrard stick around in Glasgow.

Champions League over Championship

Gerrard’s name seems to have drifted out of the initial favourites to succeed Steve Bruce at Newcastle, who looks set to be sacked after an underwhelming period in charge of the Magpies.

However, there are still pundits that are determined to tout Gerrard’s name for the manager’s job.

Newcastle has certainly shot up in people’s estimations as a potential destination, but they are still in a fairly perilous position, without a win in the Premier League this season and unable to add to their squad until January.

There is still a real danger of relegation to the Championship for them, while Rangers are in pole position to win the Scottish Premiership again, a feat that would secure them Champions League football next term.

Gerrard had success in Europe’s premier club competition during his playing days at Liverpool, and he is surely itching to force his way back in there, something he wouldn’t be able to do immediately at Newcastle.

In other Rangers news, this big-name player is stuck in COVID isolation ahead of Saturday’s Hearts clash.