Speaking to ESPN the former Liverpool captain was ‘shocked and surprised’ that his name was being linked with the Everton job, says the now Rangers manager.

“Rafa wasn’t born in the city, he’s not a red through-and-through and he never played against Everton for 20 years and competed against them, so I think it’s a very different situation [to mine],”

“Rafa is his own man and will make his own professional decisions, so there’s no surprise that he wanted to get back in the Premier League at a big club and have the opportunity to compete against all the top teams in the league, so I wasn’t very shocked and surprised at all in all honesty.

“I was very shocked and surprised that my name was linked to the job. I don’t know where it came from, whether it was paper talk or if there was any truth in it, I’m not sure.

“It is never a possibility as far as I’m concerned.”

This article first appeared on BenchWarmers and was syndicated with permission.

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