Gerrard: I hope to speak to this Rangers legend before starting Ibrox reign
New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that he plans to pick Ibrox legend Graeme Souness’ brain as he prepares to take the reins at the Gers on June 1st.
Souness took his first steps in management with the Gers in 1986 before eventually moving south to take over at Anfield five years later and Gerrard admitted he would “never” turn down the opportunity to listen to the Rangers and Liverpool legend.
Gerrard admitted he has “nothing but admiration” for Souness for his achievements at both clubs and hopes to catch up with him soon.
“I hope to speak to Graeme Souness,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He is certainly someone who I would like to catch up with. He is a legend at this football club and someone who I have nothing but admiration for. Not just for what he did with Rangers but at Liverpool as well.
“Every time he is on the TV I watch and listen to him. He is a fascinating man to listen to. If I can use that to my benefit I am never going to turn that down.”
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There are far worse people to go to for advice on taking the reins at Ibrox than Souness. The former Rangers boss kick-started a revolution in Scottish football with the Gers providing more players to England’s World Cup squad in 1990 than any other club. It remains to be seen if Gerrard will have the same effect on Scottish football as Souness did 32 years ago but the 37-year-old is making the right noises and asking the right people for advice to give himself the best possible chance of being a success. Gerrard would also do well to speak to Ally McCoist – another who took his first manager’s job at Ibrox – and picking the brains of his fellow BT Sport pundit and getting an idea of what faces the 114-times capped England midfielder when he starts his new job officially on June 1st and gets to work trying to stop Celtic winning an eighth consecutive title.