New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted that his priority as Ibrox is “winning football matches” and admitted it wasn’t the “right time and place” to discuss Celtic as he was unveiled as Gers manager on Friday.
Gerrard was presented to the media and 7,000 Gers fans on Friday afternoon after signing a four-year deal to take the reins at Ibrox from June 1st.
The Liverpool icon insisted there will be “plenty of time” to talk about Celtic once he finally gets started but was adamant his priority was getting the Gers’ “house in order.”
“To be honest, where I sit right now, it’s not the right time and place for me to talk about Celtic,” Gerrard said, as quoted by The Herald.
“There will be plenty of time for that in the future when we move forward and we start the challenge from the new season.
“My priority is Rangers and this house. I need to get this house in order, I need to produce a team and squad that’s capable of winning football matches.”
Football Insider verdict
There is something refreshing about hearing a manager appointment speak about winning games rather than offering up club-specific buzzword and trying to curry favour with fans quickly. The most important thing for Gerrard is winning games and if he does that then everything else at Ibrox will quickly fall into place. Philosophies and footballing ideologies are great if you are prepared to sacrifice success but Rangers fans demand trophies ahead of pretty football or a specific style of play. With a few weeks until he properly gets started in his role, Gerrard now needs to make sure he uses his time well and gets a firm understanding of what he has at his disposal and quite just how big of a job he has signed up to take. If Gerrard does what he says and wins games then he can’t fail as Rangers manager.
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