MATTHEW UPSON insists Steven Gerrard should use Rangers as a stepping stone to becoming manager at Liverpool.

The former England team-mate of the Anfield legend believes a start at Ibrox would be beneficial to any ambition he has to become the Merseyside outfit’s boss in the future.

Asked if the Glasgow club were too big a first job in management for Gerrard, ex-West Ham central defender Upson answered: “Honestly, for someone like him, I don’t see it as an issue.

“I almost see it as the perfect thing because if you have got aspirations to manage Liverpool, a massive club with a huge European history, then why not make those mistakes on not-as-big a scale?

“I am not saying it’s not a big scale, but in the Scottish league it’s not quite the spotlight as what you would be getting at a Premier League club. I think it could be an ideal fit in that sense.

“Rangers are also in a situation where they are not in their best place.

“There is a lot of work to do to improve them, so from his point of view it’s an exciting project.

“You also still have the experience of managing under pressure at a big stadium, in front of a big crowd and under high expectation.

“They are all the things he is going to have to deal with if he wants to manage Liverpool.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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