As practically everybody knows by now, Steven Gerrard’s role as Rangers manager is his first senior managerial job, with his only previous experience being as Liverpool’s under-18s manager.
This brief experience as a youth team coach could turn out to be one of the secret weapons of Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution, and in the future, if the Gerrard experiment works out it could be his time as youth manager which was the making of him.
Gerrard’s time as under-18s manager will have given him the know-how in what it takes to manage the youth players at Ibrox, and interestingly, the Daily Record has revealed that six of the best Gers youngsters are currently training with the Gers in Spain.
The fact that Gerrard’s assistant at youth level, Tom Culshaw, has joined the Ibrox club as technical director could give a clue to the strategy that Gerrard and Gers director of football Mark Allen intend to implement at Ibrox.
Perhaps the plan is to use Gerrard and Culshaw’s knowledge with youth players to introduce some gradually to the first-team squad, year-on-year.
If the Gers manage to bring through at least two players to their first-team squad from the youth system – to accompany the signings made by Gerrard and Allen – then the at the first glance confusing appointment of Gerrard makes much more sense.
In other Rangers news, this player could well be the next to make the breakthrough at Ibrox