'Sensational' – McCoist responds when asked about Gerrard and Souness at Rangers
Rangers legend Ally McCoist has been speaking openly about Steven Gerrard’s potential move into the Ibrox hotseat but does not believe fans should be comparing the Liverpool academy coach to Graeme Souness.
The 64-year-old took the Rangers managerial position in 1986 and immediately revitalised the side.
Not only did the former Liverpool great manage the side, but he was also given freedom in the transfer market.
As a result two of his first few signings were England captain Terry Butcher and Chris Woods.
But McCoist thinks the similarities should end there and on the Alan Brazil talkSPORT breakfast show, broadcast at 6am, the former Gers striker gave his stance: “I’ve heard a lot of people make comparisons understandably to 1986 when Graeme Souness took his first manager’s job.
“But the only comparison I can see are former Liverpool greats really.
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And speaking about Souness’ arrival in Scotland he said: “Two things were massive, first was he played and he was absolutely sensational.
“I think Steven’s obviously retired as a player, Graeme played absolutely fantastic.
“He was backed in the transfer market. Two of his first three signings were England captain Terry Butcher and England goalkeeper Chris Woods, so that’s where the similarities end.”
Football Insider verdict:
McCoist is absolutely spot-on. We’re living in a very different era and Rangers are a very different prospect for an incoming manager post-liquidation than they were back in the 80s when they were a powerful side. It would be unfair to compare Gerrard as well, as it would put the former England captain under unnecessary pressure in an already highly-demanding job. A reaction from the players would be expected so you’d expect his arrival to instil a fresh lease of life into the side but Gerrard is unlikely to be backed in the transfer market in the same way as Souness.
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