'At that level' - McCulloch reveals exactly what Gerrard brings to Rangers dressing room
Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch insists Steven Gerrard’s history as a player will earn him respect from the Gers squad – if he accepts the Light Blues’ reported offer to become their new manager.
According to ESPN, Gerrard has a four-year deal on the table to take over from Graeme Murty and McCulloch thinks the Gers are doing the “right thing” by speaking to the 37-year-old.
Gerrard is currently Liverpool Under-18s manager as he begins his coaching career following his retirement as a player after a brief stint with LA Galaxy.
Despite his inexperience as a coach, McCulloch is adamant that his record as a player will see him instantly command respect in the Gers dressing room.
“I think having someone of the stature of Gerrard would be good and the board are doing the right thing by sitting down and speaking to him,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Football players will always show respect to someone that has been at the top of the game and Gerrard has been at that level since he first burst onto the scene.
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“He has won the Champions League, won cups in England and played at major finals for his country. He is a huge figure in the game.”
“So as soon as he walks into that dressing room he commands respect. Whether he has managed a team for ten years or never at all, that history gets you respect.”
According to a further report, Gerrard was expected in Glasgow on Monday for additional talks with the Gers hierarchy as they look to get this over the line and confirm the 114-times capped England midfielder as their new manager.
Gerrard attended March’s 3-2 Old Firm defeat by Celtic at Ibrox after bringing his Liverpool side to Glasgow a little earlier in the season to take on the Gers’ Under-20s.
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard’s track record should earn him respect but that is the least of Rangers problems just now. While the Liverpool hero will command respect, there is still very little known about his tactical nous or his ability to motivate players when things aren’t going their way or whether he has it in him to change games around when the Gers are struggling. These are all things Rangers fans care about, far more than whether or not Gerrard won things as a player or not. Just look at Ally McCoist; another huge figure in the game and won titles, trophies and even picked up two European Golden boots. It bore little relevance to his time as manager. Gerrard’s success at Liverpool as a player ultimately counts for little when it comes to being in charge.