'Big impact' - Former Rangers defender opens up on Gerrard taking reins at Ibrox
Former Rangers defender Dave McPherson thinks Steven Gerrard will have a similar impact on the Gers dressing room as Graeme Souness did in 1986 – and thinks his name will be a big pull for players the Light Blues are interested in.
Souness arrival at Ibrox saw a host of big names flock to the Gers with the likes of Chris Woods, Terry Butcher, Ray Wilkins and Trevor Francis heading north of the border and McPherson believes Gerrard’s arrival could have the same effect this summer.
McPherson also revealed that he is “confident” Gerrard will be a success with the Light Blues and end Celtic’s recent dominance of Scottish football.
“I think Steven will have a big impact on the dressing room, just like Graeme did,” McPherson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Graeme got it right in terms of the players he brought into the club in the 1980s and Steven has to try and do the same this year.
“It doesn’t matter how big a name in the game you are, it’s all about the players you bring to the club whether you’ll be a success or not.
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“Gerrard’s selection of players has to be correct or it won’t work, but I am confident he will get it right.
“His name will be a big pull for a lot of people and they could be attracted to Rangers.”
Football Insider verdict:
Although the Gers are operating in an entirely different financial world as the one Graeme Souness’ side were in, the prospect of players wanting to work with Gerrard who wouldn’t necessarily have been interested in a move to Ibrox isn’t that unlikely. If it even only extends to some players on the fringes of the Liverpool side who can’t get into Jurgen Klopp’s side then it is a positive for the Gers. Of course, Gerrard needs to make sure any signings improve the side and aren’t simply there to make up the numbers but if it opens a few new opportunities up then it can only be a good thing. The comparison’s between Souness and Gerrard’s arrival are pretty striking though – other than the financial side – and if Gerrard can be as successful as his predecessor then Gers fans are in for a hell of a time over the next few years.