Rangers legend Derek Johnstone thinks Steven Gerrard’s priority when he takes charge of the Gers on June 1st is to fid a “proper captain” in the mould of Gerrard as a player – but admits there “aren’t too many of them around.”
James Tavernier has worn the armband in recent weeks in the absence of Lee Wallace, with Kenny Miller, Jason Holt, Bruno Alves, Jason Holt and Graham Dorrans all captaining the Gers at some point this term.
Johnstone thinks the Gers have lacked a leader that is “willing or able” to get the players pulling in the same direction when things aren’t going for them – and is adamant it is the one thing “more than any other” that the incoming Gers boss needs to fix straight away.
“Steven Gerrard is going to be a busy man this summer. There are players to sell, sign, improve and evaluate. And before he knows it, the first European game will be upon him,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“But if there is one priority, more than any other, he must find a proper captain for Rangers.
“If there are battles to be had, then the skipper leads and the rest follow him. For too long I have watched Rangers teams go behind and nobody on the pitch is willing, or able, to rally the troops.
“In essence, what Gerrard needs to find is a player exactly like he was and, unfortunately, there aren’t too many of them around.”
Football Insider verdict:
A lack of leadership on the pitch has been a huge problem for years – some would argue since Wallace was appointed captain in 2015 – and there is a real need for the Gers to get someone in that can rally the players. Whoever it is that Gerrard appoints as his captain next season, they need to be cut from the same cloth as the likes of Gerrard, Richard Gough and Barry Ferguson to help lead the Ibrox giants to their first major trophy since 2011. Having someone on that pitch that has that respect from players is something that will be absolutely crucial for Gerrard as he takes his first steps in management and tries to end Celtic’s recent dominance of the Scottish game. You just need to look at how quickly heads drop when Rangers go a goal behind and hoow often the lose all semblance of shape when they don’t get things immediately to plan.