Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is “fascinated” by the Steven Gerrard-Brendan Rodgers battle next season as they go head-to-head for the Scottish Premiership – and admitted that he thinks Gerrard’s arrival will be a positive for the Gers.
The former Spurs and West Ham manager believes Gerrard has built a good backroom team as he takes his first job in management – singling out Gary McAllister for praise.
Redknapp insisted though that Gerrard’s recruitment of players will be “all important” if he is going to challenge Rodgers’ side for the title.
“I’m really fascinated by the Gerrard-Brendan Rodgers contest,” Repknapp said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I don’t have any allegiances with Celtic or Rangers. I really like Brendan and admire the fantastic job he’s done for Celtic.
“Steven’s going to be positive. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He was a fantastic player, just incredible.
“I think he’s also got good staff with him, particularly Gary McAllister.
“But most importantly he needs some good players in the building. His recruitment is going to be all important.”
Football Insider verdict:
The Gerrard-Rodgers battle is going to be engrossing as they go up against each other for the first time since working together at Liverpool. The Gers manager will be desperate to get off to a strong start at Rangers while Rodgers will be hoping to lift his third title in a row at Celtic Park. The Old Firm doesn’t need any extra narrative to make it a hugely engrossing affair but the Gerrard-Rodgers battle gives it a genuinely fascinating sub-plot. The Ibrox boss has made an impressive start to his recruitment with six new faces arriving at the club over the last few weeks and there will almost certainly be more to follow. With less than a month to go until Gerrard’s side get their season underway, the Light Blues are definitely heading in the right direction. Whether it will be enough to catch Celtic remains to be seen but it is going to be absolutely gripping to watch.
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