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Rangers appointing Gerrard has piled pressure on Rodgers at Celtic

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Rangers’ appointment of Steven Gerrard has turned the Gers into the talk of the football world – and despite being a rookie manager yet to take charge of his first game he has already put more pressure on Brendan Rodgers than any of his predecessors.

Since arriving in Scottish football at the start of last season, Rodgers has barely had even a hint of pressure as Celtic have romped to within 90 minutes of a historic back-to-back domestic treble but the appointment of his former Liverpool captain across the city means there will suddenly be much more interest in whether or not Rodgers can continue to maintain his side’s phenomenal success.

When he accepted the challenge of taking the reins at Ibrox, Gerrard was made promises by the Gers board over funding to revamp the squad this summer as the Light Blues look to get their hands on their first major trophy since 2011 and the Ibrox giants will suddenly be a much more attractive proposition to players who 12 months ago wouldn’t have given serious thought to a switch to Glasgow.

Gerrard’s arrival also heaps the pressure on Rodgers from his own supporters with Celtic fans desperate to ensure their side’s recent success continue at the 114-times capped Englishman’s expense as they start to seriously dream of winning ten titles in a row.

The new Rangers manager might prove to be an unmitigated disaster and be back working in Liverpool’s Academy within months but as fans wait for Gerrard and Rodgers to go head-to-head then the Hoops boss will be looking over his shoulder with more apprehension than he did against Pedro Caixinha or Mark Warburton.

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