Glen Hoddle has admitted he doesn’t know if the Rangers job will be too much for Steven Gerrard, but the former England manager has said that he will need one of two things – time or money.

Talking to BT Sport, as quoted by the Evening Times, Holddle said: “I don’t know if it will be too much for him, but it’s a tough job.

“Let’s be fair, to catch up to Celtic is going to take time. It’s not going to happen in one season or two seasons.

“It needs money, and if they’re not going to give him the money he needs time.

“There’s money and it’s shorter-term, and if not then four or five years to improve those young players.

“I went in at Swindon and I learned on the job, but if you go in at a Rangers learning on the job, it is very difficult. It can spank you in the face.”

Football Insider verdict:

Hoddle’s got a way with words but what he’s saying is that he learned his trade at a smaller club and Gerrard is going to do it the hard way, jumping in at the deep end with Rangers. Will Gerrard be prepared to see out a project like this over five years? It’s clear that he’s not going to have the sort of money that Brendan Rogers has at Celtic, and he’s going to have to make the Rangers money work much, much harder. But it’s a fascinating narrative that’s set to unravel over the next 12 months at Ibrox. It’s hard to argue with what he’s saying though. It’s highly unlikely that Rangers will catch up with Celtic over the course of one season. The question is, can Gerrard create a competitive team that can solidify second place and possibly win a cup? That would give him all the time he wants.  

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