To say that Steven Gerrard is stepping into the unknown with his appointment as manager at Rangers is a huge understatement – and he would do well to heed the warning of Celtic midfielder and hero Scott Brown.
While everyone has been discussing the Liverpool icon’s lack of managerial experience prior to his move to Ibrox, there are for more variables and uncertainties that he, as well as everyone at the Light Blues, must consider.
It his technically only the third club that Gerrard has been a part of, having spent all but a year of his playing career at Anfield (as well as his time as a coach), with a stint at LA Galaxy as he headed towards retirement – and that could play a massive role in how he adapts to life in Glasgow.
While Liverpool were and still are a huge club to be a part of, they lack that passion of an inner-city rivalry, the meetings with Manchester United much more important to the Reds than clashes against Everton.
That will not be the case north of the border – and it could make or break his career.
As Brown told the BBC: “He was a top quality player, an absolute legend of Liverpool. It’s an opportunity for him now to come to Glasgow and see what the goldfish bowl is really like.”
Managing the expectations of the fans is no easy task at any club, but when you have your fiercest rivals on your doorstep, and the entire city divided in half between the two sides, the pressure will be immense.
Gerrard might have played in big games in some of the best atmospheres across the world, but being in the dugout in a clash wheere there is such vitriol between the Bears and the Bhoys is another matter entirely.
The Liverpool legend best heed Brown’s warning and prepare as best he can, for he is jumping into the unknown, with no clear path to follow.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard has been tipped to follow in the shoes of an Ibrox legend with sensational changes.