Rangers have begun their search for a new manager after Steven Gerrard left to take the job at Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s successor.
Manchester United midfielder and current first-team coach Michael Carrick has been suggested as a surprise contender for the role at the Ibrox Stadium, by former Rangers and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
“I’ll throw a name in the hat,” Adam said on BBC’s Sportsound podcast. “Michael Carrick has been at Man United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven.
“Will they go down that same route? Will they go for an experienced name? There will only be three people that know.”
Ever since he retired from football – after spending 12 years at United – Carrick has been part of the backroom staff.
From being originally hired as a coach under Jose Mourinho to keep his position after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived, the former England international is part of the furniture at Old Trafford.
However, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is currently favourite to become the next Rangers manager, with claims the SPL club have already started negotiating with the former Arsenal and Barcelona defender, as per Sky Sports.
While it seems unlikely that Carrick will get the job, it’s a very interesting shout from Adam and you would think the 40-year-old will challenge himself as a coach away from United at some point.
Becoming a manager is a different ball game though and Carrick will be up against it if he takes the Rangers job because Celtic won’t be sitting idle forever.
Gerrard has surprised a few by doing a brilliant job at Rangers and stopping Celtic from making it 10 SPL titles in a row, but he knows he faces a different animal in the Premier League.
We hope he slips like he did against Chelsea during the season Liverpool thought the title was theirs until Demba Ba woke them up.