Steven Gerrard is the bookies’ favourite to make sensational Rangers return – just a year after ditching them for Aston Villa – ahead of Michael Beale and Sean Dyche as Giovanni van Bronckhorst is given the boot at Ibrox
- Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked on Monday after just a year in charge
- Steven Gerrard has been installed as favourite to make a return to Ibrox
- The Liverpool legend left Rangers for Aston Villa but was sacked last month
- Gerrard’s former assistant Michael Beale and Kevin Muscat also feature
Steven Gerrard has been backed to make a stunning return to Ibrox after being installed as the favourite to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Van Bronckhorst was sacked by Rangers after 12 months in charge on Monday, just three days after he celebrated his one-year anniversary at the club.
The Dutchman lifted the Scottish Cup just days after being appointed and led Rangers to their first European final in 14 years, as they lost the Europa League final on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville.
Steven Gerrard led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership in 2021 and has been backed to return
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked by Rangers on Monday after a year in charge
Van Bronckhorst replaced Gerrard as Rangers boss in November last year after the Liverpool legend took charge of Aston Villa.
Gerrard’s reign at Villa Park came to an end last month, following a run of one win in nine Premier League games, which left the club languishing one point above the relegation zone.
According to Betfair, Gerrard could make a swift return to the dugout, with the 42-year-old priced as a 2/1 favourite to return to Rangers.
Gerrard’s former assistant manager Michael Beale is second favourite to take charge at Rangers at 4/1.
Villa paid £4.25million in compensation to Rangers for Gerrard, the Scottish side’s annual financial report revealed earlier this month.
Gerrard won the Scottish Premiership title in 2021, breaking Celtic’s sequence of nine in a row and going the entire league season unbeaten.
Gerrard’s former Rangers assistant Michael Beale, right, is second favourite to take the job
His departure disappointed Rangers fans, with Gerrard taking to Instagram to explain the decision.
‘I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone associated with Glasgow Rangers, especially the fans, for the love and support you’ve all shown me during my time in Scotland,’ he posted.
‘Winning “55” will always hold a special place in my heart – each and every one of you played a part in that and, believe me, there will be many more to come.
‘I hope in time you can understand and accept my decision to move on but I honestly fell in love with the club and will always follow the team. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger #55’.
Beale worked as No 2 at Rangers, before following the former England midfielder to Villa Park.
The 42-year-old left for Championship side Queens Park Rangers in June.
Beale turned down an approach from Wolves last month following interest from the Premier League outfit.
Ex-Rangers defender Kevin Muscat and former Burnley boss Sean Dyche are also contenders
Ex-Rangers defender Kevin Muscat and former Burnley boss Sean Dyche feature highly in the list of contenders at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.
NEXT RANGERS MANAGER ODDS
Steven Gerrard – 2/1
Michael Beale – 4/1
Kevin Muscat – 6/1
Sean Dyche – 8/1
Kevin Thomson – 11/1
Rafa Benitez – 16/1
Chris Wilder – 16/1
Odds courtesy of Betfair
Muscat, who was part of a Rangers side that completed a domestic treble in 2003, currently coaches Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos.
The former Australian international led Yokohama to the J1 League title earlier this month, adding to two A-League triumphs with Melbourne Victory.
Muscat took the reigns at Yokohama following the departure of compatriot Ange Postecoglou, who left for Celtic in 2021.
He had previously served as an assistant to Postecoglou, but the pair would become rivals should Muscat move to Glasgow.
Dyche has been without a job since he was sacked by the Clarets in April.
Former Rangers midfielder and youth coach Kevin Thomson is 11/1 to take the role.
Ex-Liverpool and Everton boss Rafa Benitez and Chris Wilder, who left Middlesbrough in October are both listed at 16/1.
The next Rangers boss will take over with the Glasgow giants nine points adrift of league leaders Celtic after 15 league games.
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