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4th May, 2018 | 2:03pm

Ally McCoist: Loads of people wanted this manager at Rangers instead of Gerrard

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist thinks the Gers support is split on the imminent appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager – and claims a “lot” of fans wanted Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock to take the reins.

Gerrard is expected to be confirmed as Gers boss at a press conference at Ibrox on Friday afternoon and take his first steps into management.

McCoist thinks the move is a “big gamble” for the Light Blues but is adamant that whoever is manager, they must be allowed to improve the squad.

“It’s a big gamble, for Steven and also for Rangers,” McCoist said on TalkSport’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I think the verdict in Glasgow is quite split to be honest with you.

“A lot of people wanted our old pal at Cardiff (Warnock) to get the job.

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“We can discuss Gerrard’s appointment, and some people are for it, some people are against it, a lot of people have question marks about it.

“But the fact of the matter is, no matter who is in, they must be allowed to bring in better quality players.”

Football Insider verdict

It is a given that the squad needs to be improved this summer with the Light Blues currently 13 points behind bitter rivals Celtic in the league table. With Scott Arfield expected to join the Gers in the summer, director of football Mark Allen seems to have made a positive start in identifying and recruiting targets for next season. With as many as 15 players who could potentially leave the Gers in the summer, there is little reason for the Ibrox giants not to bring in a better quality of player than is currently at the club and give Gerrard the best possible opportunity to wrestle the title away from Celtic and end their ten in a row dreams. No idea where McCoist gets the idea that opinion is split between Warnock and Gerrard. The only people who have been touting Warnock for the role in any meaningful numbers has been Scottish journalists – most fans are well behind Gerrard.

In other Rangers news, this centre-back wanted by the Gers and rivals Celtic is due to head to Glasgow with his deal expiring soon.

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