McColloch explains what would be a successful start to Gerrard reign at Rangers
Former Rangers captain Lee McCullloch has delivered his verdict on what would constitute a successful first season for Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager.
McCulloch believes that the Gers have to challenge Celtic as hard as they can for the league title, whilst also winning a domestic trophy for the first time since 2011.
The former Gers skipper thinks pushing the Hoops close will make it a successful season for Gerrard even if the Gers don’t win the title.
“A good season would be challenging Celtic all the way,” McCulloch said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“Obviously winning would be brilliant, but if you don’t it’s got to be at least second best, and to bring some sort of silverware back to Ibrox.
“The expectation level of the fans, because they had the glory years for so many years apart from the last four and five, has been ‘we’ve got to win’.”
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Some fans might not like McCulloch’s comments, but what he is saying is correct. The Gers don’t need to win the title for Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge to be a success. Obviously winning the title would be a massive bonus, but giving Celtic a scare would be almost as successful. The Gers haven’t even finished second since returning to the Scottish Premiership, so Gerrard doesn’t need the added pressure of fans demanding that he wins the league. That wouldn’t be fair on him. Giving the Gers the platform for a title tilt in Gerrard’s next season should be considered a success, as of course wold winning a cup. He has to prove that he is in it for the long-haul and can cope with the pressure, something the Gers’ most recent managers have failed to do. If Gerrard can do that then he can be a real success at Ibrox going forward.
In other Rangers news, Nacho Novo has outlined how the Gers players must respond to Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox