With the announcement that Joachim Low will leave Germany after the Euros, you can prepare yourself for months of speculation about the position of Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool job, with trickledown references to Steven Gerrard. I want Gerrard to stay in Glasgow.
This is not about getting back into the water after a shark bite. Gerrard has won one trophy of the eight he has competed for in Scotland, reaching one final in five cup competitions, which he lost to 10 men. His only success would have been achieved with the same squad by either of his two predecessors against Celtic and Aberdeen teams that imploded so completely both lost their managers. Gerrard is a bottler who has not been under pressure since Hamilton visited Ibrox a year ago (a game he also lost).
More importantly, Newco will have him under the kind of contract that earned Celtic £9m when Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester. They need that kind of money and more to make up some of the chasm between their current financial position and fulfilling Uefa Financial Fair Play regulations.
I would rather they needed to sell an additional £9m of playing talent than cashed in on a manager with a track record that would have him taxied to the airport at Celtic. Celtic’s problems this season are CELTIC’s problems, not the challenge from across the city. If we are worried about a one-in-eight manager it’s time to pick up a different sport.