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22nd May, 2018 | 3:55pm

McCulloch makes huge claim about what Gerrard must do in first season at Rangers

Former Rangers star Lee McCulloch has insisted the Rangers players “need” to show they have the mentality to win the league next season – and is sure Steven Gerrard will be thinking the same ahead of taking the reins on June 1st.

The Liverpool legend takes his first steps in management with the Gers as their bitter rivals Celtic celebrate winning a historic back-to-back domestic treble but McCulloch is adamant that anything other than winning the title next season isn’t good enough.

Despite not lifting a major trophy in seven years, McCulloch believes that his old club’s history dictates that players can’t even “think second is ok.”

“Rangers need to win the league next season. It is as simple as that,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“That is the pressure that comes when you are at a big club and you can’t say ‘well, we will hope to get second next year because we were only third this season’

“That isn’t the case at Ibrox. You can’t be a Rangers player or be associated with the club and not strive for the best every single day, week, month and season.

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“If you look at the history of Rangers and the leagues and cups that the club has won, you can’t think that second will be OK.

“You need to win the league, and that is what the mentality has got to be. I am sure that is how Steven Gerrard will be thinking.”

Football Insider verdict:

McCulloch gets it. Rangers can’t go into any season and accept that coming second will be enough as the fanbase will never accept that. Some might argue that Gers fans have been spoiled by success and that expectations are too high but it has worked out well so far for the Light Blues overall. Catching Celtic and getting back to the top of Scottish football has been the sole focus of Gers fans since their demotion to the Scottish Third Division in 2012 and as their bitter rivals get closer to lifting a tenth successive title, fans are only more desperate to see their side finally triumph. Gerrard’s arrival has only added to that this summer and the prospect of seeing Gerrard get one over on Brendan Rodgers is always good box office. Regardless of what else Gerrard goes on to do in his time at Ibrox, if he doesn’t win the league, it will always be considered a failure.