Rangers legend Derek Johnstone thinks Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister’s background as players means “nothing” will faze them at Ibrox – and believes the “challenge won’t frighten them.”
The Liverpool legends take charge on June 1st as they look to improve on last season’s third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership and challenge bitter rivals Celtic for the title.
Johnstone hopes the Light Blues management team can attract players to Ibrox with a similar “mindset” as they possessed as players after the “lows in recent years.”
“Steven comes in as somebody that has won the European Cup, silverware in England and captained his country and appeared at major finals. In Gary, we have someone of the same ilk. So we have two experienced, high calibre individuals coming in,” Johnstone said as quoted by the Evening Times.
“They have come from a huge club and they are joining a huge club so nothing will faze them and the challenge won’t frighten them.
“Hopefully they can bring that mentality to Ibrox and I’m sure the players that they bring to the club over the summer will have that mindset as well.
“There have been lows in recent years but these things go in cycles and hopefully it will be Rangers that are on the right side of that again soon.”
Football Insider verdict:
Both McAllister and Gerrard were highly-motivated and driven as players and are sure to use their vast experience to the Gers as they try to end Celtic’s recent dominance of Scottish football. Both players were absolute winners during their playing career and that isn’t going to have diminished now they have started coaching. Neither will want to come to Ibrox and fail with the eyes of the world on them as Celtic roar towards a tenth consecutive title. With the duo due to arrive at Ibrox next Friday, there is a real sense of anticipation around the Light Blues just now as fans wait for their arrival. The Light Blues are back in competitive action on July 12th so Gerrard won’t have long to wait until the players report back for his first pre-season as manager of the Ibrox giants. After a career at the very top as players, both should be going into this well aware of the pitfalls that could await them and know what they need to do to avoid falling victim to them.
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