Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp thinks Rangers are “relying” on manager Steven Gerrard bringing his “own brand fo magic” to Ibrox when he takes the reins of Friday – and insists the Gers will be an “even bigger scalp” for teams.
The Liverpool icon officially gets started on Friday when he, alongside Gary McAllister, assume control of the Ibrox giants and Redknapp admits the Light Blues are a long way behind bitter rivals Celtic.
Gerrard’s appointment has drawn comparisons with the appointment of Graeme Souness in 1986 but insists the Gers are in “entirely different times.”
“He will need to learn fast because beating Rangers is a scalp – and beating Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will be an even bigger scalp,” Redknapp said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He’ll be going from the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool to a Europa League qualifier in the back of beyond for Rangers. And as we saw last season when they went out to the fourth-best team in Luxembourg – Progrès Niederkorn – there are pitfalls. He’ll want to get off to a winning start.
“There are inevitable comparisons with my Sky colleague Graeme Souness, but these are entirely different times. Rangers are still a huge draw, but they are long way behind Celtic and there isn’t the budget to fight fire with fire.
“So, Rangers are relying on Steven Gerrard bringing his own brand of magic and to draw people to the club.”
Football Insider verdict:
Redknapp seems to have a pretty decent grip on what is going on at Ibrox and his view that the Gers are hoping for Gerrard to bring his “own brand of magic” is a fair summary. Gerrard hasn’t been appointed for his experience in management and the Ibrox board obviously feel he can bring something different to the Light Blues. The 37-year-old is a hugely driven person and has shown that throughout his playing career, and is something that he will be evident when he gets started at Ibrox. Gerrard won’t have long to wait before the competitive action gets underway and he gets his first real taste of what being Rangers boss is all about and just quite what he has let himself in for. Teams who have long viewed beating the Gers as a massive achievement will be even more desperate to beat the Gers once Gerrard arrives and be the first to get one over on his side.
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