Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has claimed Steven Gerrard’s playing career will count for nothing when he steps into the dugout as Rangers manager for the first-time – and thinks it will be a “massive challenge” for the Gers to beat bitter rivals to the Scottish Premiership title.
Gerrard enjoyed a glittering career with Liverpool but Caldwell insists that will all be forgotten about and the new Gers boss has to prove himself all over again.
Caldwell also claimed that one of the biggest frustrations for Gerrard will be seeing players with ability but lacking the same dedication that top players like Gerrard had.
“What he achieved as a player won’t count for anything when he walks into the dugout. It will be the same for his assistant, Gary McAllister,” Caldwell said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Now it is up to them to prove themselves as coaches and managers. If Rangers could sign them as players I’m sure they could still make a huge difference. But they are now part of the management team that needs to get the best out of the players they’ve got.
“It is a massive challenge for them at a massive club and it will be a big ask for them to overcome Celtic.”
Football Insider verdict:
Caldwell makes fair points and is absolutely spot on that nobody will be showing Gerrard any extra respect in the dugout just because he won a European Cup. The Gers boss will need to make sure that the one thing he is judged on – results – live up to expectation and he’ll quickly win over fans. Gerrard’s playing career will give him a fantastic platform to build from and will help both him and Gary McAllister as they try to stop Celtic’s domination of Scottish football but, ultimately, other managers will be far more concerned with getting three points that being awestruck by Gerrard’s presence. The Gers boss is in a fantastic position though that he’s been there and done it and knows what it takes to be incredibly successful and reach the absolute pinnacle of the game. The same traits that helped Gerrard become a globally-recognised name will go a long way to helping him succeed as Rangers manager.