'First thing I said' - Rangers legend gives verdict on Gerrard and Rodgers rivalry
Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes Steven Gerrard needs to be given the chance to bring better quality players to Ibrox this summer – but admits the “Brendan Rodgers/Steven Gerrard factor” surrounding the Old Firm is “great”.
The Gers boss has made four signings already this summer with Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria, Allan McGregor and Jamie Murphy all joining the Light Blues.
McCoist also claimed that resigning Tom Rogic is one of Celtic’s “biggest signings” this summer after the Australian agreed a new long-term contract with the Hoops.
“The first thing I said when Steven came up was that it doesn’t matter who was going to get that job – the most important thing was that they were given the opportunity to bring a better level or quality of player into the club,” McCoist told TalkSport, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But the whole thing is great, the Brendan Rodgers/Steven Gerrard factor. Obviously, the two guys knew each other really well at Liverpool.
“Brendan has been doing particularly well at Celtic and I think one of their biggest signings is the resigning of Tom Rogic. He is a player. A good player and a big occasion player and him resigning is a massive boost for Celtic.”
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Football Insider verdict:
The Gerrard/Rodgers aspect is an interesting wrinkle to the Old Firm and is the first time we can’t think of a recent rivalry involving the Rangers and Celtic managers that pre-date their involvement with the Glasgow giants. While Gerrard’s lack of experience has been widely debated, far stranger things have happened in Old Firm games than rookie managers beating experienced ones. Gerrard’s signings have definitely been an improvement on the quality already at Ibrox and should see the Gers close ground on their bitter rivals. Keeping Tom Rogic in the east end of Glasgow will almost certainly prove to be a shrewd piece of business by Rodgers and he will look to the Australian to help his side out in their quest for ten successive titles. It is going to be a fantastic season with so much at stake for both sides and the Gerrard/Rodgers rivalry is only going to add a bit more fuel to the fire.
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