Rangers must take lesson from failed Celtic gamble before appointing Gerrard
The news that Steven Gerrard was in talks to become the next manager of Rangers brought to mind the last Liverpool legend who took over at one half of the Old Firm – John Barnes, and his ill-fated spell at Celtic.
The Gerrard revelation, as reported by the Scottish Sun, was reminiscent of the appointment of Hoops ‘dream team’ Kenny Dalglish and John Barnes in 1999.
Dalglish was appointed director of football, whilst Barnes, despite having no coaching experience at all, was named as the head coach.
Unsurprisingly the experiment ended in tears, as Barnes – not helped by the broken leg suffered by Hoops talisman Henrik Larsson – was sacked in January 2000, following the Scottish Cup loss to Inverness.
He just didn’t look cut out for being a manager, no matter matter how many experienced assistants that he had at Parkhead – such as Eric Black and Terry McDermott, not to mention Dalglish himself.
Dalglish ended up taking charge of the Hoops until the end of the season until he was sacked in the summer after the Bhoys appointed Martin O’Neill, who took the club to huge success in Scotland and in Europe.
Before the Gers do decide to gamble on Gerrard, they should remember what happened when their great rivals appointed a rookie manager, who was a Liverpool legend.
In other Rangers news, Sean Dyche has paid tribute to future Ger Scott Arfield