Emile Heskey: This is what is vital for Steven Gerrard at Rangers
Former Liverpool star Emile Heskey believes it is “vital” that Steven Gerrard gets the right people around him as he prepares to take over as Rangers manager – and and he adds that former Scotland captain Gary McAllister is an ideal fit.
According to the Daily Record, McAllister will join Gerrard at Ibrox as his assistant manager and former England international Heskey thinks there is “nobody better” to join forces with the iconic former Liverpool captain.
Heskey pointed to the success another former team-mate’s success in Scotland – Hibs boss Neil Lennon – and believes McAllister can have a similar effect beside Gerrard as Lennon’s long-standing assistant Garry Parker.
“It’s vital Steven gets people around him. McAllister could be to Stevie what Garry Parker has been to Neil (Lennon),” Heskey said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s got the attributes to be a top manager but he’ll need good people around him because it’s his first job but as a leader there is nobody better.
“He doesn’t shirk responsibility and leads from the front. That’s what he was like as a player. You know from the start with certain players and Steven had that – and Michael Owen too.
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“Not everyone has that but he did and I saw that early on and then when he became captain. That can be a heavy burden but others rise to the occasion and take it in their stride and he was one of those players.”
Gerrard is expected to be confirmed as Gers manager on Friday afternoon and will likely watch his new side in action on Saturday when they host Kilmarnock in their final home league game of the season.
The Gers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership, trailing second-placed Aberdeen by three points, with three games remaining.
After facing Killie, the Light Blues face back-to-back away games with the Dons and Lennon’s Hibs.
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard needs to bring an experienced head in with him and McAllister fits the bill after spells in charge of Coventry City and Leeds United. The former Scotland captain is no stranger to the dugout – or Ibrox – and should be able to guide Gerrard as the 114-times capped England international takes his first steps in management. It will be interesting to see who else joins the pair at Ibrox with a complete overhaul of the senior coaching staff almost certain to take place and the likes of Jimmy Nicholl, Jonatan Johansson and Colin Stewart either leaving the club or given other roles. With three games left this season, Gerrard and McAllister will be keen observers as they try to get a handle on just what they need to bring in and give themselves a fighting chance to lift the title next season and stop Celtic from winning an eighth successive crown.