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15th Jun, 2018 | 12:51pm

'A bit harsh' - Tore Andre Flo gives verdict on Gerrard first season at Rangers

Former Rangers striker Tore Andre Flo thinks it would be a “bit harsh” to expect Steven Gerrard to win the title in his first season as Gers boss – but thinks the Liverpool icon will close the gap to bitter rivals Celtic.

The former striker, who cost the Gers a club record fee of £12million, thinks it will be tough for the Gers to wrestle the title away from Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Flo insists though that the Gers “need” to compete and finish in the top two this season after falling to third behind the Hoops and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

“I think it would be bit harsh to expect him to win the league straight away. To win it would be tough, but I’m sure he will close the gap and try to compete for it at least,” Flo said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Rangers need to try and compete because they only finished third last season and he certainly needs to be in the top two at the very least.”

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There’s no doubting it will be tough for Gerrard to win the title but in a league where there only are two teams normally capable of winning it, then accepting second is accepting failure. If the Gers push Celtic close and finish second there won’t be any problems for Gerrard but finishing second by a considerable distance will be an issue. Performances will make up a big part of it too and if fans can see there is a genuine improvement over a lengthy period then failing to win the title won’t be lead to calls for his sacking. The most important thing though is that Rangers can’t find themselves in a battle with the likes of Aberdeen and Hibernian to see who is the best of the rest. If that was to happen again this season then it simply won’t be good enough and would cause unrest with fans. A title win might seem unlikely for the Gers but they have to aim for the top or they would be as well closing the doors for good.

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