Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard will take up the reins of his first managerial appointment when he gets started at Ibrox officially on June 1st – and the difference between the reaction to his appointment and the likely appointment of Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss show just how much pressure Gerrard is under at Ibrox.
With Gerrard already confirmed as the new Rangers boss and Arteta likely to take the reins at the Emirates imminently, only one appointment was immediately met with cries of it being a massive job for a rookie manager.
Despite taking over at one of the Premier League’s much-vaunted ‘Top Six’ clubs, Arteta’s expected arrival at the Emirates has been greeted, mainly, with praise and an acceptance that it is a step in the right direction by the Gunners to appoint someone with the former Rangers midfielder’s background.
North of the border, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the Gers had appointed a child with the way experts were absolutely adamant there was no way a rookie manager could possibly take over at Ibrox against Brendan Rodgers.
With Gerrard already having made a mark with three signings arriving at Ibrox so far, the rookie boss has wasted no time in getting to work and despite his inexperience as a manager is showing no signs of being fazed by the size of the task facing him.
Both Gerrard and Arteta, should he be confirmed as Wenger’s replacement, will have a massive amount to prove as they take their first steps in management at two of British football’s biggest clubs – but for all the differences between Scotland and England’s top division only one of them is under huge pressure to deliver the goods.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.