Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has revealed that he told the Gers players to go out and leave incoming manager Steven Gerrard “looking forward to working” with them when he takes charge on June 1st.
Nicholl is in charge for the Gers final three games of the season and got off to a winning start on Saturday after a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The Gers face a trip to Pittodrie on Tuesday to take on second-placed Aberdeen before facing Hibs at Easter Road next weekend to finish the campaign off – and Nicholl wants the players to play their way into Gerrard’s plans for next season.
“I told them, me and Jonatan Johansson have got three games in charge and after Hibs next Monday I’ll be away probably,” Nicholl said, as quoted by STV.
“I’m standing there as a supporter now. I’m not standing there as a man of any authority.
“So sort it out. Give yourselves a chance in these three games to have the manager looking forward to working with you.
“He’ll do a bit of weeding – he’ll get the weeds sorted out from the flowers.”
Football Insider verdict
There will have been few who will have impressed Gerrard in the 1-0 win over Steve Clarke’s side as the Gers made heavy work of the Ibrox clash before scraping the win thanks to David Bates’ late goal. Everybody at the club should be desperate to impress the new manager ahead of an expected massive overhaul of the squad in the summer. With rumours of a huge war chest being made available to Gerrard in the summer to revamp the squad, the bulk of the current squad could quite literally be playing for their Ibrox future. With two huge games to come over the next week, the Gers players have 180 minutes to give the new boss a reason for him to keep them around an make them an important part of the side next season. European football is also at stake for the Gers in the final two games so there is even more reason for the Light Blues players to step up and make an impression.