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Ibrox link to Lampard grows with report that talks have been held

A highly reliable Chelsea reporter has claimed that there has been three sets of contact between Frank Lampard and the Ibrox powerbrokers.

Telling the last set of talks were last week when Micky Beale was still in the job but it was obvious that he was just one bad result away from being sacked.

Being out of work and having celebrity status will appeal to the Ibrox board as thy trawl through the merits of Derek McInnes, David Martindale and Stephen Robinson.

Lampard is on the back of two disastrous spells in charge of Everton and Chelsea but is vain enough to think that he can go up to the My Nan League and surpass the modest achievements of Steven Gerrard.

As Chelsea caretaker Lampard won just one match out of 11 last season which came on the back of 12 wins in 44 at Everton.

Those spells have closed the door on a job in the EPL but lifting the League Cup and progress in the Europa League or Conference would seem likely with Lampard’s ego.

Phillips has over 400,000 followers on Twitter and his own Chelsea based website.

Since the defeat to Celtic on September 3 the Ibrox board are bound to have been considering a replacement for Beale with that process stepped up on Saturday following the 3-1 defeat from Aberdeen.

Chairman John Bennett and CEO James Bisgrove have no track record in football appointments but would receive little criticism if they can deliver a big name to the Ibrox support and play up comparisons to Gerrard.

Te biggest stumbling block to bringing in a new manager will be what to do with the squad that Beale built up with very little value from a £15m spending spree that has put Danilo, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers on long term contracts.

The caretaker management team of Steve Davis and Alex Rae face two difficult away matches in four days, if they fail against ARIS Limassol or St Mirren the clamour for a quick appointment will increase with Lampard available without having to pay out any compensation.

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