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29th Jun, 2018 | 10:02am

'Push and push' - Gary McAllister makes candid Rangers admission ahead of next season

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has admitted that the Gers could find it difficult to stop Celtic from winning their eighth title in a row next season, but that won’t stop the Ibrox side from trying.

McAllister is confident that the challenge of facing his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will bring out the best in recently appointed Gers manager Steven Gerrard.

“We know the strengths of the league, we know the weaknesses of the league, the different types of styles. We have to be prepared for every eventuality” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We’re aware Celtic have done brilliantly under Brendan and we have to make it more competitive and try to push and push.

“Steven relishes the challenge. That’s the mentality of someone who has been a leader and a captain and an inspirational player. That’s what gives them that bit of adrenaline.”

Interestingly enough, both McAllister and Gerrard have experience with working alongside Parkhead boss Rodgers, as McAllister was briefly a coach at Liverpool alongside the Celtic supremo.

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Football Insider verdict

There is nothing wrong with a bit of honesty in football, and Gary McAllister is certainly being honest in his comments, that Rangers will not find it easy to win the title in the upcoming season. However, he is correct to point out that it is a challenge that Steven Gerrard will relish, as he has been a natural winner as a player, and he will want that to continue in his managerial career. The fact that both Gerrard and McAllister have both worked alongside Brendan Rodgers is certainly an interesting aspect going into next season, as both men will be aware of what makes the Hoops boss tick far more than any previous Gers boss in recent years. It all points to a very interesting title race in the Scottish Premiership, and whilst McAllister is under no illusions of the size of the task that lies ahead, he seems confident that the Gers will be able to meet the challenge head on.

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