FORMER Celtic flop boss John Barnes insists Steven Gerrard hasn’t done enough to warrant a top job in England.

The ex-England international winger lasted only eight months in charge at Parkhead before being sacked in February 2000 following the disastrous Scottish Cup defeat from Inverness Caley Thistle in Glasgow.

Barnes, nevertheless, has had his say on his fellow-Liverpool legend who has come up empty in his two seasons in charge at Ibrox.

He reckons Gerrard will stay at Gers in an attempt to halt Neil Lennon’s side’s bid for a historic tenth successive title.

Barnes, speaking in a report in the Scottish Sun, said: “I’m sure Steven would see himself managing a club in England, as that is most likely a more attractive proposition than Rangers possibly.

“However, it may not be a Premier League club but a Championship club — and would that be as attractive as Rangers?

“I don’t know is the answer. Steven is the only one who can decide that.

“So, I think he will stay where he is for the time being, but never say never.”

Barnes added: “Steven has shown that he is a good manager and I believe he is where he should be.

“You shouldn’t expect Rangers to be insulted because they are not as good as Celtic. It has nothing to do with issues of managing Rangers.

“But at the end of the day, Celtic are superior, which may be down to the financial differences of the two clubs and the strength of their players.

“And just now Rangers are behind, despite Steven being a good manager.”


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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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