To say that the appointment of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager has taken the footballing world by storm is an understatement.
While football north of the border is often left as a side note on what is happening in England, Gerrard’s move from Anfield, where he was a youth coach, to the Ibrox dugout has caught the attention of many worldwide, in what will be his first foray into the managerial hotseat.
His arrival is being built up with much hope by the Light Blues, who will be hopeful that this is the first step on the way to toppling fierce rivals Celtic, who have dominated Scottish football for season upon season, and are on the brink of a second successive domestic treble.
However, Gerrard is not alone in making the journey to Glasgow, and the Gers have made another inspired signing which has been massively overshadowed by the Liverpool icon’s capture.
Gerrard’s second in command will be Gary McAllister, the former Scotland international leaving his ambassadorial role with the Reds to join as assistant manager at Ibrox – and it is the Rangers-mad man’s arrival which could play the biggest role in potential success.
While the new man in charge might be taking on his first role as manager, McAllister has been there and done that, with time in charge at Coventry City, Leeds United and Aston Villa, the latter as caretaker.
As stated by Ian Durrant to the Daily Record: “Gary knows Scotland. He’s a Rangers fan. He’ll give pointers. Steven will be going into a whole new thing. Gary will be a great addition to the club and, hopefully, he can push him on.”
McAllister’s experience in the dugout, coupled with his knowledge of not only Scottish football but Rangers themselves, means Gerrard could hardly have a better man next to him, and when the going gets tough, it will be the assistant, not the manager, who guides the ship through the troubled waters.
Success will only come if the Gers can navigate their way through tough times, and McAllister will be crucial in helping Gerrard take the right steps.