Turkish club interested in signing Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

The ex-Liverpool midfielder took over at Ibrox in the summer of 2018 and has started the new campaign strongly. Gerrard led Rangers into the Europa League group stage for the second successive campaign, and last weekend’s thumping 5-0 win against Hamilton Academical sent them two points clear of rivals Celtic at the top of the table.

But reports in Turkey suggest that Besiktas could make a surprise move to appoint the Liverpool legend. The Turkish club’s president Fikret Orman announced two weeks ago that he would step down from the role and the new coach will be named next weekend.

The new president could sack current coach Abdullah Avci after a terrible start to the 2019/20 season. Besiktas have picked up only eight points from their first seven league matches, leaving them 12th in the Super Lig table, six points behind early pace-setters Alanyaspor.

They haven’t fared any better in the Europa League, beginning their group stage season with defeats to Slovan Bratislava and Wolves. Presidential candidate Ahmet Nur Cehi is weighing up the option of replacing Avci with Gerrard.

Cehi, who is said to be a heavy contender to take the presidency, has discussed the possibility of making a move to poach Steven from Ibrox.