Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given his verdict on Gary McAllister’s appointment as assistant to new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard -and is “sure” the former Scotland captain will be a huge help for Gerrard in his first managerial role.
McAllister will take up his new post on June 1st as the former Liverpool duo look to stop Celtic from racking up an eighth consecutive Scottish title as Rodgers’ side dominate the game north of the border.
Rodgers believes McAllister will help Gerrard get to understand the “demands and expectations” at Ibrox when he takes over from Jimmy Nicholl next month.
“Gary came in and was a really good man,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“He was a wonderful player, and had then dipped into management for a spell. I felt it was important at the time that we had someone who had that sort of Liverpool connection.
“With Gary, Steven will know what the club is like and the demands and expectations. Gary has a good knowledge of Scottish football and the expectancy of Rangers will help Steven, I’m sure.
“Gary has a nice way about him, is happy in his life and passionate about football and that shows at work every day.
“I’m sure he will want to transmit that to Steven and the players.”
Football Insider verdict
McAllister seems to be a shrewd appointment as the Gers look to get back to the top of Scottish football. The former Scotland captain’s knowledge of the game north of the border will help Gerrard get used to some of the more unique aspects of the Scottish game. Both were top quality players and know what is needed to compete at the top level and win trophies. McAllister also won an English title during his playing career so knows what is needed to win leagues. The battle between Rodgers and Gerrard is going to be absolutely fascinating next season as they go head-to-head over the Scottish Premiership title. Despite Gerrard being a rookie manager he has already put Rodgers under more pressure to perform as Celtic boss than any of the other Gers managers Rodgers has come up against so far.