Former Motherwell striker Michael Higdon has claimed that new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is the “biggest signing in Scottish football” and that his arrival at Ibrox will be a massive boost for the sport north of the border.
The Light Blues are gearing themselves up for the Anfield legend’s first day in charge, which will come at the start of June, after appointing the novice as the long-term replacement for Graeme Murty, who himself had taken over short-term after Pedro Caixinha’s departure.
The Gers have already got their transfer business underway, with Allan McGregor joined by Scott Arfield in returning to Scotland after spells in England, but Higdon believes it is the man in the dugout who is the real catch.
He told the Scottish Sun: “Steven Gerrard up here is amazing, isn’t it? That’s obviously going to benefit Scottish football.
“A Scouser managing Rangers is quite funny! He’s one of the best players you’ve ever seen, isn’t he?
“I think Gerrard’s the biggest signing in Scottish football history. I don’t know if he’ll succeed, it’s his first job. I don’t want to see him fall flat on his face. But it also wouldn’t surprise me.”
Football Insider verdict
There can be few doubts, even from those down the road from Ibrox, that Steven Gerrard’s arrival has got the spotlight firmly back on Scottish football, with so many from all over the globe waiting to see the sort of impact he has. It just goes to show the sort of impact a big ticket signing, whether as a player or a more senior figure, can have, and those at Ibrox will be hoping he can be the catalyst to finally close the gap on Celtic after years of total domination. His lack of managerial experience has been raised by some but most are ignoring the fact, instead focusing on his reputation as a legend both on the pitch and in the dressing room, leading Liverpool to success domestically and in Europe. Will he have the same effect at Ibrox? Everyone apart from the Hoops, and maybe Aberdeen, will be hoping so, for fans have waited too long for another title battle between the Glasgow heavyweights.
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