Former Rangers and Everton defender Michael Ball believes Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Gers manager is “probably the biggest thing” since Paul Gascoigne signed for the Light Blues in 1995 to happen in Scottish football – and joked it will be nice to finally see the Liverpool icon in blue.
Gerrard will take the reins at Ibrox on June 1st after agreeing a four-year deal to replace Graeme Murty as the Gers look to end Celtic’s recent dominance of Scottish football.
Ball thinks if the 37-year-old can get the Light Blues “competing” with Brendan Rodgers’ side next season then he will have done a “fantastic job” in his first managerial role since hanging up his boots in 2016.
“Steven’s probably the biggest thing since Gascoigne going up. Scottish football has been going backwards for a long time and it needs to be freshened up,” Ball said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Brendan Rodgers has done very well at Celtic and Steven’s gone up there to try and compete and stop Celtic getting that ninth and tenth title in a row.
“He’s a winner and it’ll be nice to see him in blue! It’s nice to be on the same side as him and cheer him on.
“If he can get Rangers back competing with Celtic then he will have done a fantastic job.”
Football Insider verdict
When Paul Gascoigne joined Rangers from Lazio in 1995 it seemed as though the eyes of the world were on Ibrox for a brief time – and there is a similar feeling from the appointment of Gerrard. Older Gers fans have said it’s even bigger and is more like the landscape-changing appointment of Graeme Souness as manager a decade earlier. Either way, the arrival of Gerrard is huge for Scottish football and if he can a similar impact in Govan as Souness and Gascoigne did then the 114-times capped former England midfielder is about to do something special. It could just as easily go very, very wrong for Gerrard and end in disaster but you have to think that if there was ever a former player who seemed well suited to making the transition from a leader in the dressing-room as a player to managing a side to titles and trophies then Gerrard is it.