Rangers legend Lee McCulloch thinks that keeping Jimmy Nicholl at Ibrox could be a big help to Steven Gerrard when he takes the reins next month – insisting that the 61-year-old knows “what it takes” to be a success at the Ibrox giants.
Nicholl has had three stints at the club as player, coach and caretaker manager and McCulloch thinks it could help Gerrard get settled in his now surroundings to have someone around so “entrenched” in the Light Blues.
McCulloch accepts that Gerrard will have his own backroom team coming in with him but insists that Nicholl can continue to be an asset for the Gers.
“What Jimmy has that could be of real value over and above his vast experience with Rangers and Northern Ireland, is that he understands completely what the club is all about and what it stands for,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Jimmy is steeped in the morals and the ethics of Rangers, and what it takes to be a Ranger.
“Most managers will look to have the people they know and trust around them when they come into a new club, but having that connection to a person who is so entrenched in what Rangers are all about could be a real help for Steven in my book as he finds his feet in Glasgow and gets to know his new surroundings.”
Football Insider verdict
Nicholl can have a use that way for a short time but with the likes of Gary McAllister coming with him while the staff who work at Ibrox and Auchenhowie every day will give him as close a link as possible to what the club is all about. Even guys like Jimmy Bell can fill that role to help Gerrard learn his way around his new environment. Glasgow and Liverpool aren’t all that unlike each other either which will no doubt help Gerrard. Rather than keeping coaches around to help him settle, the Gers should concentrate on getting the best people to fill the job and let others concentrate on dealing with off-the-field stuff. The Gers also have a fantastic player liasion officer who can help Gerrard get comfortable in Glasgow as he gets to work in his first managerial role.
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