Dons boss Derek McInnes believes the profile of Scottish football would rocket with the appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers boss.
The Ibrox club were today on the brink of confirming the Liverpool and England legend as their new manager.
Rangers axed interim boss Graeme Murty earlier this week following the 5-0 loss to Celtic at Parkhead.
Gerrard has verbally agreed a three-year-deal with Rangers following fresh talks with the Ibrox hierarchy in London yesterday.
Following any late unexpected hitches Rangers expect to confirm the 37-year-old as manager with Gary McAllister his No2.
McInnes was the Ibrox club’s No1 target to replace Pedro Caixinha but rejected their advances in December.
He reckons Gerrard’s appointment would be box office gold for Scottish football.
He said: “Gerrard is a global name so if it was to happen it can only raise the profile of the Scottish game.
“If he was to come into it, on the back of his playing career, it would be a box-office name.
“As a player Gerrard was fantastic and was arguably the best midfielder around for a while. He was an inspirational figure for England and Liverpool.
“We have a lot of good managers here at the minute. He would only add to that.”
Rangers are locked in a battle with Aberdeen for second spot but axed Murty. Aberdeen face Rangers at Pittodrie on Tuesday in a showdown that will be fundamental to the race for second.
Murty had been Rangers U20 coach before being thrust into the managerial hotseat.
Gerrard is also untested as a manager and is the U18 coach at Liverpool.
Jimmy Nicholl, 61, has been placed in temporary charge of Rangers along with Jonatan Johansson.
Asked if he was surprised Rangers axed Murty with just three vital games remaining in the season, McInnes said: “I don’t think you are ever surprised in football. It always saddens me to see managers lose their job.
“This week Graeme Murty lost his job and at the other end of the spectrum Jim Duffy (Morton), who has been involved in the game for a long time.
“The impact that has on these guys whether they are starting out in their first job or someone a lot longer in the tooth like Jim – it is still the same.
“There is always that sense of it being really unfair. It always saddens me when you see clearly good people, working hard, lose their jobs.”
Meanwhile, the Reds have been linked with a summer move for 18-year-old Hamilton defender Lewis Ferguson.
On-loan Manchester City midfielder Chidi Nwakali is ruled out for tomorrow’s home clash with Hibs due to an ankle injury.
Scotland international midfielder Kenny McLean is suspended.