Rangers hiring Gerrard is huge gamble, but excitement from fans shows it is worth risk
Rangers confirmed Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager on Friday afternoon – and despite Gerrard’s lack of experience, the excitement from Rangers fans is absolutely justified and shows that the risk is worth taking for the Ibrox giants.
The Liverpool icon was confirmed as the new Gers boss at a press conference at Ibrox with the Light Blues support absolutely blown away by the announcement.
Although Gerrard has only been coaching for a short time, and has only worked with Liverpool’s Under-18s – there can be little doubt that the decision to bring one of the biggest names in the modern era to Ibrox is a huge departure from the recent hiring policy followed by the Light Blues.
The likes of Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha both had backgrounds as managers although neither had been involved at the very highest level and been successful either as a coach or a player while Gerrard at least has the experience gained from a long career at the top as a player to draw on.
Gerrard might not be a proven coach but he is someone who has already drawn attention to the Scottish game from every corner of the planet and he’s only been in the job for two minutes.
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For the last few years the Gers faithful have had to put their trust in relative unknowns who had done fairly well at their respective clubs but Warburton, Caixinha and even Murty were massively under-prepared for just how demanding the manager’s job at Ibrox can be.
Although Liverpool isn’t quite at the same level of Rangers – coming second is a good season for the Reds and a disaster for Rangers – Gerrard has been there and done it in the Champions League and dragged Liverpool teams to places where beyond their capabilities.
Appointing the 37-year-old might well prove to be a monumental mistake by the Gers board and do more harm than good but with quality, proven managers a bit thin on the ground the Ibrox giants have taken a drastic step to turn things around.
There hasn’t been a reaction like this from Rangers fans to a signing – either a player or manager – since the Gers lured Paul Gascoigne from Lazio more than 20 years ago and if Gerrard can have half the impact Gazza did at Ibrox then the jubilation amongst the fans now will be more than vindicated.