Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has revealed that he didn’t want to be left wondering in 10 years why he turned down the chance to join Steven Gerrard at Ibrox this summer – and admitted it was one of the few clubs that he would have joined.
McAllister was named as Gerrard’s assistant and admitted it has been “really refreshing” to be back involved in coaching again.
The former Scotland captain also revealed that he was “honoured” that Gerrard asked him to be part of his team at Ibrox – and insists they are at Ibrox to “make a difference.”
“The thing with this job offer was getting another 10 years down the line and saying “Why didn’t I take that opportunity at Rangers? I am really enthusiastic about it, it has been really refreshing coming back into the frontline of football again so I can’t wait for it to all start really.”
“I think he had sorted his staff and maybe this opportunity of being his assistant might not have been there and then he was asked who it may be that you might want to bring in to strengthen your ultimate team and he came up with my name. When that was the case, first and foremost I am honoured that he asked me but it is about embracing the challenge of this club, coming along here to make a difference.”
Football Insider verdict:
McAllister has kept a bit more of a low profile than Gerrard since being appointed but it’s clear he is excited by the prospect of – finally – getting to Ibrox. The former Leeds captain was linked with moves to Ibrox at various stages in his career as a player but it never quite happened and the chance to assist Gerrard will be one McAllister will have jumped at. McAllister’s background as a coach and manager makes him a good pick for Gerrard’s staff while his own experience of Scottish football will surely help the Light Blues management team. It’s likely McAllister will be the ‘good cop’ in the pair’s dynamic with the squad as Gerrard keeps a little bit more distance from the players and leaves McAllister to act as a conduit for the players and coaching staff. McAllister will also be acutely aware of the feelings amongst supporters after seeing bitter rivals Celtic secure a historic back-to-back treble and their desire to see their side lift a major trophy for the first time since 2011.
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