With Rangers snapping up Steven Gerrard as manager for next season, we rate the former Liverpool skipper as highly likely to leave Ibrox empty-handed, with his dismissal tipped for as early as midway through his first season.
Our football experts make it odds-on at 1/4 that Gerrard will fail to win a single trophy during his tenure in Glasgow, with punters getting odds of evens that the Anfield legend will Kop it and be sacked before the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Celtic’s recent dominance of Scottish football means Gerrard faces a tough job to shift the balance of power in Scotland back to the blue side of Glasgow, and the Hoops are strong favourites to cement their supremacy with a win in the first Old Firm derby of the season at 4/11.
Rangers are a longer 8/1 to claim victory over their bitter rivals at the first time of asking.
And the Gers are even less likely to reclaim the Scottish title in Gerrard’s debut season, priced currently at 12/1.
Famed for a costly slip that all-but ended Liverpool’s 2013/14 title hopes, Gerrard is listed at 6/5 to lose his footing on the touchline during one of his games in charge next season. He is also a 9/2 shot to have a touchline bust-up with his former manager, now Celtic boss, Brendan Rodgers.
Gerrard will be bringing a wealth of European experience to Ibrox, and it’s 16/1 that he takes the squad on a pre-season tour of Istanbul to inspire Rangers to replicate his Champions League success of 2005. They are a very long 1000/1 shot to go on to win Europe’s premier club competition within the next three seasons.
Our very own Paddy Power said: “In recent years, the Scottish league has been more one-sided than a Russian election, so it will be a tough ask for the Liverpool legend to get Rangers back to the top of the SPL.
But, if there’s one person who knows how to stop Brendan Rodgers winning a league title, it’s Steven Gerrard… so you never know!”
STEVEN GERRARD SPECIALS:
Gerrard to leave Rangers without winning a trophy 1/4
Rangers to lose first Old Firm derby under Gerrard 4/11
Gerrard to get sacked before the end of his first season EVENS
Gerrard to slip over on the touchline during a 2018/19 Rangers game 6/5
Gerrard to have a touchline bust-up with Brandan Rodgers 9/2
Rangers to win first Old Firm derby 8/1
Rangers to win the SPL in Gerrard’s first season 12/1
Rangers to go on a pre-season tour of Istanbul 16/1
Rangers to win the Champions League within the next three seasons 1000/1