Former Rangers and England captain Terry Butcher has warned Steven Gerrard that going up to Scotland is “different world” as the Liverpool icon prepares to take the reins at Ibrox.
Gerrard takes over at Ibrox on June 1st as the 37-year-old takes his first steps into management with former Anfield team-mate Gary McAllister heading to the Gers with his as number two.
Butcher thinks Gerrard will be well used to playing under huge pressure but insisted life with one half of the Old Firm is “totally different” to anything the 114-times capped former England star has ever experienced.
“He’ll be used to that having played for Liverpool and being the England captain as well. But to go to Scotland as a player, let alone as a manager, it’s a different world, it really is,” Butcher said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“It’s absolutely totally different.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard really is in for a massive shock when he arrives in Scotland. The intensity and scrutiny that comes with the Old Firm is like nothing in England and even the English national team. Every single tiny move will be subject to acclaim and criticism at the same time – and sometimes from the same people – as the Old Firm absolutely dominate everything in Scotland. Scottish football might not have the money and global reputation of its English counterpart but for everything that Scottish football lacks it makes up for in passion and all-round craziness.The Liverpool legend will be aware of just how big both clubs are and just how wide their fanbases’ spread but until he is actually up and living in Scotland and under the microscope then he’s never going to be able to fully grasp ust how incredibly intense – and draining – Scottish football can be.