Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has joked Diego Maradona is after his job after receiving a direct message from the Argentina great earlier this week. Gerrard named Maradona as one of the six players that made him fall in love with football on his Instagram account. And after tagging Maradona in the post on his story, the 59-year-old replied.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Football Show on Thursday, Gerrard said: “I was really happy with the six I picked.
“I actually had a message yesterday and nearly passed out.
“Diego Maradona, private message on Instagram, so I was absolutely delighted to get a reply off him, yeah.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher replied to Gerrard, asking: “Was he after a [job] at Rangers?”
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To which Gerrard jokingly responded: “He was probably after my job, yeah.”
Maradona is currently the manager of Argentine side Gimnasia.
Also making up Gerrard’s six players were Liverpool legends Ian Rush and John Barnes, England heroes Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne, as well as France great Zinedine Zidane.
“I think this challenge needed to be stretched to 10, six wasn’t enough,” Gerrard continued.
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“From an international point of view it was always Lineker who scored all the goals and made you jump off the couch.
“Obviously Gazza, probably the best English footballer of all time.
“Obviously my two Liverpool ones were Rush and Barnes but I would have liked to have also had Robbie Fowler in there and Jamie [Redknapp] himself from my younger days, who looked after me when I was an apprentice.
“So we need to stretch that to 10 I think.”
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Meanwhile, Gerrard has criticised the SPFL for the current situation in Scottish football.
“Well I’ve been obviously watching closely from back home and it does seem a bit of a mess at the moment,” Gerrard said.
“I think Rangers’ stance on it, and certainly my stance, is I let the suits carry on doing what they’re doing.
“I think that’s their job to continue to represent Rangers that way.
“But from afar the SPFL looks an absolute mess in all honesty.
“I’m watching ex-players, pundits, I’m reading media and it’s getting absolutely battered from pillar to post the way it’s handled things, certainly in the last couple of days.
“From my point of view, I think all I ask is for the main leader of the SPFL to show some real leadership in this time.”
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