Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has advised Steven Gerrard that the pressure he will be under if he takes the Rangers job is unlike any other in football.
The former Liverpool midfielder is favourite to become the new man at the top at Ibrox and talks have taken place as reported by Sky Sports, but Strachan has told Gerrard to think long and hard before accepting the job.
He believes that Gerrard should take John Barnes’ time as Celtic boss as a warning as to what can go wrong when you manage one of the big two clubs in Glasgow.
“There are no FA management courses – anything – that can get you ready you for this” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He has to think about where he wants to go and how long he wants to be in football.
“You can look back at John Barnes going to Celtic. John knew the game, worked with the best managers, a clever man, an educated man. You go there and think, ‘I can deal with this’. No, you can’t.”
Football Insider verdict
It is hard to tell how well Gerrard will do at Rangers, as he has not even accepted the job yet, but Strachan is correct about the pressure. It is unrelenting, as when Strachan managed Celtic fans wanted him sacked after his first game in charge – he later went on to win the league that season. The task Gerrard faces is tougher than the one Strachan faced, as the Gers seem to be miles behind their bitter rivals at this moment in time. With Graeme Murty’s departure from Ibrox now confirmed, it looks like we will find out soon enough if Gerrard is the man to take over, and he will quickly get an idea of how big a job it is to manage in Glasgow.
In other Rangers news, a journalist has provided an update on Gerrard’s future