Rangers chairman Dave King as revealed that he expects to see a “reaction” from Celtic after Rangers appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager – but admitted the Gers will have to “wait and see” what it is.
Liverpool icon Gerrard will take the reins at Ibrox in the summer on a four-year deal and last time the Gers’ prompted a reaction from their city rivals – after a penalty shootout win in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final – they sacked Ronny Deila and brought in Brendan Rodgers.
King also suggested that despite Celtic’s spending, they are much closer to the likes of Aberdeen and Hibernian than they should be.
“One would expect a reaction from Celtic to the appointment of Steven — we will have to wait and see what it is,” King said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“With all Celtic’s resources they are not a million points away from Aberdeen or Hibs. They have resources that are far less than what we have at the moment.
“We are bringing in a manager we think can tip the balance in our favour.
“Celtic might be over-resourced but you can still only play 11. They have a big squad earning a lot of wages but these wages are not all getting on the pitch. There are opportunities there.”
Football Insider verdict
Things are never as black and white as Old Firm fans want to make them out to be and it isn’t all that long ago that Rangers fans were talking about leaving Celtic behind, never to be seen again. That quickly changed with the arrival of a good manager and spending some serious money on players under Martin O’Neill and there’s absolutely no reason that won’t change soon. The Hoops will definitely have some sort of reaction to Gerrard’s appointment as they won’t want to see their dreams of ten titles in a row going up in smoke against a rookie manager – regardless of how big his profile might be. For all the hubris from Celtic and from Celtic fans, they know things can change very quickly in Scottish football and all it takes is one good transfer window to turn things around – just look at how close Rangers came to mounting a serious title challenge this season after bringing in reinforcements in January.