Rangers legend Graeme Souness is confident Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister will be “fine” at Ibrox after taking the reins last week – and admits Gers number two McAllister is a “really, really good human being.”
Souness admits that he had an “advantage” when he took over at Ibrox in 1986 by having Walter Smith appointed as his assistant thanks to his knowledge of the Scottish game but is confident the Light Blues will have someone who can do that for the new management team when the season gets underway.
“I had an enormous advantage because Walter had been around the Scottish scene for a long time,” Souness said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“There were no surprises for me, whoever we were playing, because Walter knew everything about them.
“I assume that Steven will have someone on his staff who can provide that information.
“Gary won’t know that, but Gary is a highly thought of football person and a really, really good human being.
“I’m sure they’ll be fine. I’m sure they’ll have someone at the club who can mark their cards before every game.”
Football Insider verdict:
The Gers have a dedicated analysis team who will have all of that information at their fingertips for the new Gers boss and his assistant to pore over. McAllister will still have a good understanding of Scottish football after keeping his toe in the water over the years and will have a decent amount of knowledge to pass on to Gerrard over and above the club’s in-house analysis. Both McAllister and Gerrard have been around enough as players though to know what to expect and how to get what they need from their players in order to launch a title challenge. McAllister too has seen both sides of the game from European success with Liverpool to working with one hand tied behind his back at Coventry as the Sky Blues slipped into a financial meltdown, so there will be few sets of circumstances that faze the former Anfield team-mates.