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An English midfielder with a big reputation, arriving at Rangers as the next hope to transform fortunes at Ibrox after years of disappointment and being in Celtic’s shadow – sound familiar?

Of course that is the current situation in the blue half of Glasgow, with former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard now having been confirmed by the Gers to be their next manager after Graeme Murty’s sacking, but it is not the first time such a scenario has arisen.

The above description will also bring back nightmares for the Ibrox faithful, with their capture of Joey Barton following the exact same footsteps, albeit as a player and not in the dugout.

His arrival at Rangers was one of much fanfare but one which ended in ignominy for both player and club, his stint in Glasgow coming to a premature end after just four months in what could easily be described as the biggest flop in recent years for the club.

The situation might be difference but the mirror image is impossible to ignore, and Gerrard is risking going the same way having put pen to paper on a deal.

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His lack of managerial experience has already been well documented and it is not something which should be underestimated.

He is entering a proverbial pressure cooker at Rangers and despite having played in Champions League finals and World Cup clashes, the expectation placed on his shoulders is likely greater than most things he has faced before.

Rangers are in a difficult period and Gerrard failing will only set their hopes of catching Celtic back – as was the case when Barton arrived two years ago.

In the latest Rangers news, a Sky Sports pundit has called Gerrard’s appointment “iconic”.

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