Former West Ham and Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Rangers is reminiscent of Graeme Souness’ appointment 32 years earlier – but admits it is “different days” for the Light Blues financially.
Gerrard takes charge as Celtic celebrate a historic back-to-back domestic treble and Moyes admits the Gers don’t have the same clout they used to in the transfer market.
Moyes does think though that there are far more people discussing Scottish football in England after Gerrard’s appointment and is waiting to see who Gerrard can attract to Ibrox this summer.
“It reminds me of when Graeme Souness arrived in 1986 to take over as player-manager of Rangers,” Moyes said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“He brought in a certain calibre of player, and was able to attract the likes of Terry Butcher, Chris Woods and Mark Hateley to Ibrox.
“Now, of course, those were different days back then, and there’s no way we will see Gerrard bringing in the current goalkeeper, centre-half and centre-forward of England to Ibrox.
“Rangers don’t have anywhere near the financial muscle to do it.
“But there are similarities, in terms of how many more people down south are now talking about the Scottish game and waiting to see who Rangers will sign, the calibre of player they will attract and how they will perform.”
Football Insider verdict:
It is no secret that both halves of the Old Firm operate in a different financial world to the big names of football now but it has been that way for years now and is something everyone in Scottish football is well accustomed to. There are definite similarities between Gerrard and Souness’ appointment at Ibrox – none less than both being European Cup-winning Liverpool captains – but both Rangers and Scottish football, in general, are massively different environments to the one Souness arrived to in 1986. While it is a shame Rangers won’t be able to attract the core of the England national team this time around, it is probably worth pointing out that the current England goalkeeper, central defender and striker do not come close to Chris Woods, Terry Butcher and Mark Hateley as players – although there’s little question they’d be massive improvements on the current crop of Rangers players filling the roles at Ibrox.
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