By James Black
Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness has admitted that he left Ibrox too soon when he took over at Liverpool in 1991.
Scottish football icon Souness – who won three European Cups at Anfield as a player – spent five years as Gers boss after being appointed player/manager in 1986.
The arrival of Souness, and subsequent takeover by David Murray as owner of the Glasgow giants – led to a revolution at Ibrox with the Gers going on to win nine consecutive league titles under Souness and then Walter Smith.
The Reds turned to Souness after Kenny Dalglish’s resignation as manager in February 1991 but Souness now admits that he took the Liverpool job too early in his managerial career.
“You don’t get a job at a football club if everything is rosy in the garden,” Souness said, as quoted by GQ Magazine.
“I never made easy choices and following Sir Bobby Robson [at Newcastle] wasn’t easy, just as following Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool wasn’t.
“But they were my choices and if I could do it all again, I would… although I shouldn’t have taken the job at Liverpool because I should have stayed at Rangers and been more patient, had a few more years there.”
Souness would go on to manage Galatasaray, Southampton, Torino, Benfica, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers in a 20-year managerial career.
The 64-year-old now works as a pundit for Sky Sports although his name has been suggested in some quarters as a possible replacement for Pedro Caixinha at Rangers.
During his time as Rangers boss, Souness lifted three Scottish titles and four Scottish League Cups before Walter Smith built on Souness’ success and equalled Celtic’s record of nine titles in a row.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.