By Nick Ware

14th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

Rangers' official media partner Heart and Hand Podcast share club stance on Frank Lampard and Kjetil Knutsen

Rangers have no designs on appointing Frank Lampard or Kjetil Knutsen as their next manager, according to Heart & Hand Podcast.

Writing via the Heart & Hand Podcast Twitter account, official Rangers media partner, the duo look to have been ruled out of the running to succeed Steven Gerrard, despite reports to the contrary.

They wrote: “Just spoke to club: Lampard and Knutsen not on radar. Gio stuff already broken by Sky. Rangers engage with certain media outlets and not others. Don’t pay attention to the ones on the outside – they haven’t a clue.”

Inexperience?

This seems to fly in the face of reports by the Daily Record, who have reported that the duo are firmly in contention for the manager’s role.

Ex-Chelsea and Derby County boss Lampard was also heavily linked with the Norwich City gig after Daniel Farke’s dismissal last week, but it was widely reported on Saturday [13/11/21] that talks had broken down between him and the Premier League struggles, paving the way for Dean Smith to take charge after leaving Aston Villa.

That, in turn, heightened speculation that Lampard could be set for Ibrox.

Knutsen, head coach of Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt since 2018, has also seen his name mentioned in the media.

The 53-year-old has worked wonders in Norway with an unheralded side, winning their first-ever Norwegian national league title in 2020 during a record-breaking Eliteserien season that saw them lose just once.

They have also impressed in the Europa League recently, thrashing Roma 6-1 last month before earning a creditable 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in the Italian capital.

However, is the jump to manage such a big club in Rangers a step too far at this stage?

Possibly, and there looks to be more sure-fire candidates around.

In other Rangers news, Sky Sports have shared what the Gers will do this weekend after Saturday’s significant outcome from Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s meeting.