Chris Sutton has blasted English pundits who think Steven Gerrard going to Rangers is an easy environment for the Liverpool icon to cut his teeth in management.

Gerrard was confirmed as the next Rangers manager on Friday after agreeing a four-year deal with the Ibrox giants to replace Graeme Murtyin the hotseat.

A number of pundits such as Danny Murphy and Owen Hargreaves have made comments some have found patronising and Sutton insists Gerrard couldn’t have picked a “harder apprenticeship” than at Ibrox.

“I get fed up of hearing noise from down south saying he’s going to cut his teeth there,” Sutton said, as shown by BT Sport Score on Twitter.

“It’s a brutal environment. This is a massive club, a massive institution. Rangers and Celtic size-wise blow away most of the English clubs.

“He wants to manage Liverpool one day, that’s his aim. He couldn’t have a harder apprenticeship than at Rangers.”

Football Insider verdict

Sutton is absolutely spot on.The idea that any manager would come to a club the size of Rangers or Celtic for an easy time- even taking Rangers’ current problems into consideration – is clueless about the demands and expectations that exist at the Old Firm. Few clubs anywhere on the planet come close to the demands of the Glasgow giants and even the biggest English clubs accept that they can’t win the title every season. Old Firm fans don’t make that allowance. Finishing second is as good as finishing last and when the two sides meet with something at stake then the entire country stops. There are few games anywhere in the world that come close to that and even some of the comments that Liverpool v Everton is a good comparison show how utterly out of touch some of the so-called experts actually are with the reality of Scottish football.

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