Former Rangers hero Ted McMinn can see the similarities between former Gers boss Graeme Souness and recently appointed Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard.
McGinn was part of the Gers side which won the league title for the first time in nine years under Souness in 1987, and he is confident that Gerrard can turn the team around like Souness did in the 1980s.
“It brings back memories of ’86 for me and when Souness came. I think it is quite similar” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He came from Italy to Rangers as player-manager and it was his first job as a boss. He turned the whole club around and it could be the same for Gerrard coming from Liverpool.”
McGinn did sound a note of caution though, that Gers fans will expect Gerrard to hit the ground running.
“What will the fans accept this year? Will they accept second place? Probably not. It depends on the performances and it is important for Steven to come in and make a good impression early on.”
Football Insider verdict
Ted McMinn saw the Graeme Souness revolution at Ibrox at first-hand, so he knows what he is talking about when comparing him to Steven Gerrard. Gerrard won’t have the money that Souness got in the 1980s, but fans will still expect the club to mount a challenge to Celtic for the league title. Which brings us on to the second most intriguing part of McGinn’s comments, about ‘accepting’ second place. The fans would no doubt prefer that the Gers are in a titanic battle for the league title with their bitter rivals. But if they can see that improvements are being made under Gerrard then the support will accept that the Ibrox side are a work in progress at the moment. As McMinn says though, it is important that Gerrard gets off to a good and he can’t fall into the same trap former boss Pedro Caixinha did and crash out of Europe early on.
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