Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be “getting frustrated” if he is not given enough financial backing by the board at Ibrox, according to Michael Brown.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the 39-year-old may be unhappy with the situation but that he will take it on the chin and try to adapt as a manager.
Journalist Duncan Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, claims that the financial situation at Ibrox means Rangers have been unable to sign Liverpool 22-year-old Pedro Chirivella despite him being available for a free this summer.
Brown believes that Gerrard will embrace the challenge at Ibrox but admits he may be feeling a bit annoyed if the board cannot support him in the way he wants.
Brown told Football Insider: “Steven Gerrard will be getting frustrated if he can’t get reasonable signings through the door.
“I think he’ll get some financial backing, I think he understands the club and I think Steven Gerrard is sensible. He’s in it for the long term of progressing this football club.
“If there’s certain circumstances against him, it is what it is and he’ll take that as a little bit of a problem, that little bit of a challenge, it makes it a little bit harder and he has to be a little bit more creative. He’ll take it on.
“He’ll get young players, he’ll challenge Celtic to get better even if he doesn’t get these signings. I believe he wants to manage that football club and make them better. He needs a bit of adversity to make him better.”
Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: “They’ve had to aggressively rethink their transfer policy for the coming season I’m told and can’t do deals of any great financial significance.
“That I’m told is regardless of the fact that Gerrard is pushing very heavily to sign the player and install him in Rangers’ midfield for next season.”