McCoist: 'Rangers are a bigger club than Newcastle'

'Rangers are bigger than Newcastle'

Former Scotland international Ally McCoist thinks that Rangers are a 'bigger club' than Newcastle, and that current boss Steven Gerrard should remain put in Glasgow amid reported interest from the Magpies.

With Rafa Benitez confirming his departure from the club earlier this week, chairman Mike Ashley is on the search for a new manager, with Liverpool legend Gerrard thought to be the main target to take over from his previous manager in the St James' Park hot seat.

Sources in the north east claim that Newcastle are "confident" in obtaining Gerrard's signature this summer, although that is not the opinion of everyone.

Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes that Gerrard will remain put at Ibrox, after the former England midfielder dismissed links to the vacant managerial position at Derby County earlier this week.

Speaking on radio station talkSPORT, McCoist said: “No I’m not actually because… you want me to cause a riot on national radio and I probably will.

“I think Rangers are a bigger club. I think Newcastle play in a far better league. That’s the way I see it at this moment in time.

“You know what I think of north east football, I absolutely love the people of the north-east and I love the football in the north east, but what kind of step would it be for Steven Gerrard?

“They’re both massive clubs. They’re actually similar clubs in terms of their support.

“I think they’ve got absolutely fanatical support. Great support. Best supporters in the country I feel, so I’m not sure where I’d sit on it to be honest with you, but I’m not sure right now it would be a great move for Steven Gerrard to be honest with you, because he certainly has unfinished business at Rangers.

“I wish Newcastle all the very best in their search for a new manager, but leave ours.”

McCoist, who took charge of Rangers between 2011-2014, says that he feels the only club Gerrard would leave Ibrox for is his beloved Liverpool.

Speaking on talkSPORT, McCoist said he thinks Gerrard will remain in Scotland next season.

“Good managers and good coaches get headhunted,” he said.

“I would probably say the same regarding Steven as I would Frank Lampard. Timing is not really perfect I wouldn’t have thought.

“I think everybody automatically sees Steven go down the same route that Frank looks as though he’s going down himself and that is a return to the club that you became a hero and and a legend at.

“I think football people should honour their contracts.”

After the confirmed signing of 22-year-old midfielder Joe Aribo from Charlton, Gerrard has now added seven new recruits to his squad for the forthcoming campaign, as Rangers look to finally end Celtic's dominance of the Scottish top flight.

Gerrard's former Liverpool team-mate, defender Martin Skrtel, is being mentioned as a potential target this summer to help sure up the Gers' back-line.

When asked about the club's business so far, McCoist added: “One or two of the signings might not go right into the team. They need a couple of signings that would do that.

“Martin Skrtel could be one of them. Whether he’s still got it – I’d hope so.

“Rangers signed Bruno Alves before, a top, top-class centre-half but that didn’t really work out.”

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