'Didn't have any idea' - Gerrard admits Rangers call came out of blue despite Ibrox visit
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted he “didn’t have any idea” he would end up Gers boss when he brought his Liverpool Under-18s side to Ibrox last October.
Gerrard’s side faced a young Gers team at Ibrox, running out 4-1 winners, 24 hours before Pedro Caixinha was sacked as Gers boss – with Gerrard eventually being appointed as his successor in May.
The Liverpool icon revealed his “admiration and respect” for the Ibrox giants – and admitted it was a “great evening” bringing his Anfield side up to play in an “iconic” stadium.
“I’ve always looked into Rangers from afar and had admiration and respect for the football club, the size of it.
“To take the kids up there to play and test themselves against Rangers’ best was a great evening and one I certainly enjoyed.
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“But I didn’t have any idea that they had people watching me or what was going to happen further down the line – not at all.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard might prove to be a bust as manager but he certainly talks a good game and is saying all the right things as the clock ticks down to his first game in charge. When Gerrard’s side came up to Ibrox in October, few could have predicted what was to follow with Caixinha being sacked and Graeme Murty – who Gerrard opposed on the touchline – taking the reins. With little over a month until Gerrard’s first competitive game the Gers fans need to wait a little bit longer to see their new boss in action. Despite having been confirmed as the Gers boss almost a month ago, it takes some adjustment to hearing and reading Gerrard referred to as the Ibrox manager. If his team play half as well as Gerrard speaks then there’s a serious threat to Celtic winning an eighth successive Scottish Premiership title. It is certainly shaping up to be an interesting season.
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