Gascoigne delivers verdict on Gerrard reportedly taking over at Rangers
Rangers icon Paul Gascoigne thinks Steven Gerrard’s imminent appointment as Rangers manager is “fantastic” for both the Ibrox giants and the former Liverpool captain – and revealed that players will want to play for him because he is a “winner.”
Gerrard is expected to be announced as Rangers manager on Friday afternoon and take over from Graeme Murty in the Gers dugout after agreeing a three-year deal, according to the Scottish Sun.
Gascoinge spent two-and-a-half wonderful years at Ibrox and thinks the 37-year-old will “achieve something” in Glasgow in his first job in senior management.
“It’s fantastic for Steven and for Rangers,” Gascoigne told Sky Sports News on Friday morning.
“I’m excited for him. It’s great news. What a club it is – it’s massive – and I loved my time up there.I spent two and a half years there and loved it. When I signed for Rangers the players they had were fantastic.
“He’ll love it up there.
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“The pressure is winning games. For Steven going up there, I’m sure he’ll achieve something. The good thing for him is he’s keen, he’s young and he’s eager. Most importantly though, he’s a winner and players want to play for a winner.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard has shown as a player that he is more than capable of dealing with the wight of expectation at Liverpool but it is even greater at Ibrox and if he can cope with the scrutiny at Rangers it will stand him in good stead for the rest of his coaching career. Gerrard has spoken previously about making his sides similar to him as a player and something the Gers have had problems with for a number of years is showing fight and determination when things aren’t going their way. Far too many have been happy to roll over and accept defeat but if Gerrard’s side does have that same never-say-die attitude Gerrard personified as a player then the Light Blues will be a much different side next season as they try to stop Celtic from reaching an eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.