Chris Sutton thinks Steven Gerrard faces an “enormous job” at Rangers – and thinks pundits south of the border have been talking “so much rubbish” over the Liverpool icon’s appointment at Ibrox.
Sutton blasted pundits who have claimed Ibrox will be a great learning curve and opportunity to cut his teeth – insisting the 37-year-old “won’t know what’s hit him.”
The former Celtic striker thinks Glasgow is an “incredible environment” for Gerrard but warned him that it is a “tougher job” than taking on the Arsenal manager’s job.
“Steven Gerrard’s got an enormous job on his hands,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“I’ve listened a lot to what’s been said down south about Steven Gerrard.
“[They’ve been saying] he’ll go up and cut his teeth and it will be a learning curve – I’ve never heard so much rubbish in all my life.
“It’s an incredible environment – he won’t know what’s hit him. He really won’t.
“It’s a tougher job taking on Rangers at this stage than it is taking on Arsenal, believe me.”
Football Insider verdict
Sutton is spot on with his comments and some of the stuff said about Gerrard’s move north have been bizarre. It is a great opportunity for the Liverpool legend but it isn’t a job that would be one where a rookie manager would typically go to learn their trade before working their way up the ladder. With everything that has gone on at Ibrox over the last 5-10 years, it needs a manager who is more than confident in his own ability to handle the pressure and expectations and everything else that goes with being Rangers manager. You just need to look at the difference between Gerrard’s appointment and the potential appointment of Mikel Arteta as Arsene Wenger’s replacement to see just how much pressure is on Gerrard in his first managerial role. Only one of them will be expected to come lift trophies this season – and it isn’t the one with the nine-figure transfer budget.