Former Rangers captain Terry Butcher has told Steven Gerrard he will need to be careful where he goes and what he does in Glasgow when he takes charge at Ibrox on Friday – admitting the Gers boss is “public property” now.
Butcher joined the Gers as part of Graeme Souness’ Ibrox revolution over 30 years ago and was taken aback by the focus on Old Firm players – joking that nowadays it’ll get posted on Twitter what grade of petrol and how much you put in your car at a petrol station.
Gerrard is expected to move north alone, leaving his family in Merseyside, and Butcher insisted the 37-year-old will need to make sure he lives in the “right place” in Scotland.
“I think Stevie is quite level headed, quite relaxed about it, must choose where he lives, make sure he lives in the right place, you have to be careful what you do, where you go,” Butcher said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He will be a massive target. I remember going to the petrol station and you’re public property.
“There were no camera phones back in those days but these days it would be on Twitter about what grade of petrol you were using. How much you put in your tank… Scotland is immense.”
Football Insider verdict:
Butcher is often wrong on a lot of things but he is absolutely spot on about Gerrard needing to be cautious of where he goes and lives in Scotland. While the vast majority of people will happily let him go about his day without a problem, there is a minority who overstep the mark. Having lived in both cities, Liverpool – generally speaking – doesn’t have the constant scrutiny on Liverpool and Everton players as Glasgow does when it comes to the Old Firm, although Gerrard may be something of a special case in that regard. Despite the constant scrutiny, Butcher obviously loved living in Scotland enough to live in various locations around Falkirk and Stirling long after he retired as a player. One thing is for sure though, Gerrard will struggle to go anywhere in Scotland – no matter how remote – without running into fans of one half of the Old Firm or the other.
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