Mark Lawrenson has admitted that he “wasn’t surprised” by Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers manager – claiming that he had “heard that he really wanted to go.”
Gerrard’s was confirmed as the surprise choice as the Gers’ new manager a few weeks ago before taking the reins officially on June 1st.
Lawrenson believes if Gerrard can get the Light Blues closer to bitter rivals Celtic and secure second in the Scottish Premiership then he will have “done a really good job.”
“I wasn’t surprised by Steven Gerrard’s appointment at Rangers, because I’d heard that he really wanted to go,” Lawrenson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“They must have given guarantees because he wouldn’t have gone otherwise.
“It’s a tough job because of where Celtic are in relation to everybody else. If he gets Rangers second and a lot closer to Celtic he will have done a really good job.
“But I don’t think he’ll really understand what the Old Firm is like until he gets there. It really is like a city cut in half and, if you lose a couple of games, the fans are going to be chasing you.”
Football Insider verdict:
It’s hard to disagree with much of what Lawrenson has to say although if Gerrard can only get Rangers to second in the Scottish Premiership then he will be a failure. It might seem harsh but the simple reality of the Old Firm is that second is failure. It might be the sort of thing that prompts a limited edition DVD release and special t-shirt at Anfield but it simply isn’t good enough at Ibrox. With a four-year contract signed, if Gerrard doesn’t lift the title at least once in that time then his time at Ibrox won’t have lived up to expectations. The Gers have also spent more than anyone else in Scottish football other than Celtic so finishing second is the very minimum for any Gers manager to achieve. Gerrard’s entire managerial career could likely depend on his success – or lack thereof – at Ibrox over his time in charge.