Incoming Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has never managed a professional football team, which is why it was so important that his assistant was full of managerial experience.
Gary McAllister is the man who will be Gerrard’s assistant, and his role at the club will be key going forward.
One underrated aspect of McAllister’s appointment is that he is familiar with Scottish football, which Gerrard lacks at this moment in time.
Naturally once Gerrard is used to the job he will get used to the unique vagaries of Scottish football but until then McAllister will be a more than useful guide.
Interestingly, McAllister has worked as an assistant manager at a big club before, when he assisted now Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool for a brief period in 2015, before the duo were sacked.
He has the experience of being involved at managerial level where every game is vital, and even a draw can be considered a crisis.
Rodgers actually lauded McAllister when he was told of his upcoming appointment at Rangers, telling the Sunday Post that he can help Gerrard deal with ‘the demands and expectations’ that come with managing a member of the Old Firm.
Gerrard and McAllister begin work at Ibrox on Friday, and they will be aiming to get the Gers challenging at the top of Scottish football as soon as possible.
McAllister could well be extremely influential in helping the Gers reach the top once more.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard can’t wait to begin life at Ibrox