Former Rangers assistant manager Andy Watson thinks Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Gers manager is a “wonderful” appointment – but insists a “magician” couldn’t turn things around at the Light Blues immediately.

Gerrard takes the reins on Friday alongside Gary McAllister and Watson is adamant that the Liverpool icon needs to be given time to “make it right.”

Watson, who was assistant to Alex McLeish at Ibrox, also believes there needs to be some “recognition” of the gulf between the Gers and bitter rivals Celtic as Gerrard prepares to take charge.

“It is a wonderful appointment by the club getting Steven Gerrard and Gary in, and I can see why it has generated so much excitement,” Watson said, as quoted The National.

“On the other hand, I think that everybody has to show some level of patience, and there has to be a recognition of the gulf at this given time between Rangers and Celtic. That goes for both the playing side and the financial side.

“A magician couldn’t go into Ibrox at the minute and make it right, so he’s got to be given time to put his thoughts and ideas across and build up players. That can’t just happen in one window.”

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Football Insider verdict:

Gerrard – or anyone else who takes the manager’s job at Ibrox – doesn’t have much time to turn things around with bitter rivals already having won seven titles in a row. The Light Blues can’t allow Brendan Rodgers’ side to get to the much-desired magical ten-in-a-row mark and Gerrard has little option to work within that timeline. While it might seem incredibly difficult for Gerrard, the Liverpool icon seems to be fully aware of what he has let himself in for and doesn’t appear to be shying away from the challenge. With a career spent as a player at the top of the game competing for trophies, moving into management and doing the same shouldn’t faze Gerrard as he counts down the days until he officially gets underway. The Light Blues have six weeks until their first competitive game under Gerrard and the players will be eager to get to work and prove to the new manager they deserve a long-term future at Ibrox.

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