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Former Rangers boss Graeme Souness has delivered a blunt warning to Steven Gerrard after the former Liverpool manager was appointed as the new manager a Ibrox.

Souness, as shown on Sky Sports Scotland’s Twitter account, has warned Gerrard that if the Gers finish second they are as well finishing bottom of the league, as it is all about winning for both sides of the Old Firm in Glasgow.

“There’s only one way to be successful, and that’s to win the league up there,” he said.

“You have to be first, as Celtic have to be first, otherwise all the pressure comes on the second team. If you’re second you might as well be last.”

Souness won three league titles as Gers boss in the late 80s as he helped to revolutionise the club, fans are hoping that Gerrard can deliver a similar type of revolution.

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There is no way that Gerrard will be unaware of the task he faces at Ibrox, which is to get the Gers back to the top of Scottish football. He will have known the expectations that are at the club before he agreed to take the job on. Souness is correct in his assertion though that to finish second in Glasgow is useless, and at the moment the Gers are in danger of not even finishing in second place, as Aberdeen currently hold that position in the Scottish Premiership table. It will take time for Gerrard to get to grips with the job, and it is important that fans give him time, as in recent years as soon as the Gers have fallen behind the Hoops the panic button has been pressed. Fans will want to see a challenge for the league title next season, but if that doesn’t happen it doesn’t mean that Gerrard should be dumped at the first available opportunity.

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