Former Rangers star Derek Johnstone has claimed that incoming Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard reminded him of iconic Gers boss Jock Wallace after he was introduced at a press conference last week.
Johnstone said Wallace is “the best” manager he player for in his career and impressed Johnstone with the way he spoke at the Ibrox media call to confirm him as the club’s new manager
Gerrard takes the reins on June 1st with former Scotland captan Gary McAllister as his number two – and Johnstone likes the way Gerrard intends to habe his team “empty the tank” every time they take to the pitch.
“The best manager I ever played for was Jock Wallace. Jock made sure all of us knew what it meant when we pulled on that Rangers jersey,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“We gave our all. In every match. Nothing else was good enough.
“Steven Gerrard isn’t the Rangers manger yet, not officially anyway, but I was impressed by the way he spoke about how he wanted his team to play.
“He wants to see every one of the players empty the tank in every game, which reminded me of Big Jock.”
Football Insider verdict:
Wallace’s reign at Ibrox is legendary with fans still referencing Big Jock’s training methods or quoting the former manager. While Wallace’s methods might not work well today – runs up the sand dunes at Gullane were a particular favourite of his – his ideals are exactly what is sorely lacking at Ibrox today. Few players that played under Wallace ever had anything bad to say about him – Mark Warburton being a notable exception – and if Gerrard has a similar impact at Ibrox then he will be set for life. Gerrard handled himself well at his media call but after a career at the top of the game and a recent shift into punditry it comes as no shock that he doesn’t look completely out of his depth when faced with a barrage of cameras and microphones. Rangers fans are now hoping that Gerrard doesnt just talk a good game but actually carries through and helps the Light Blues end Celtic’s recent dominance of the Scottish game.