Rangers, with the appointment of Steven Gerrard, seem to be in a situation similar to the one they faced in 1986, when they appointed Graeme Souness as boss.

An untried Liverpool legend taking on a club he had no real affinity for in his first managerial job.

Souness went on to win the title in his first season, as a Gers side who had finished fifth the previous season swept all before them.

But what should be remembered is that the Gers started that season terribly, losing two of their first three league games, and winning only six of their first ten.

At one stage they trailed Celtic by 10 points in the league table, but the board and the fans kept faith in Souness, and were rewarded.

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If the Gerrard appointment is to really be a new era at Ibrox, he must be allowed to make the similar mistakes that Souness did, and be allowed to drop points as he learns the ropes as a manager.

There should be no panic if the Gers lose their first game of the season, even though the reaction on the internet would be telling.

The Dave King, Mark Allen and Gerrard era should be a statement of a new Rangers, where not every defeat is catastrophic.

Great managers often make mistakes early on, and Gerrard has to be allowed to do this, as it could pay massive dividends in the long run, just like it did in 1986-87.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are set to keep two first-team players

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