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17th Jun, 2018 | 9:51am

'Standards and fervour' - Former Rangers favourite on what will be learned from Dons clash

Former Rangers favourite Alex Rae has claimed that the tough start to the season for the Gers is the ideal way for Steven Gerrard to get used to Scottish football.

The new Gers boss faces a difficult match in his first league game in charge of the Ibrox side, with a trip to last season’s Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen.

But Rae believes that the game will give Gerrard a clue of what to expect of not only Scottish football but the standards that are expected of the Gers.

“From a Rangers point of view, before they can even begin to challenge Celtic they must try to reverse roles with the Dons and then attempt to get closer to their old rivals” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It will show Steven the standards and fervour he’ll come up against as Rangers manager too. He could have gone four or five games before facing Celtic or Aberdeen but he won’t be fazed at meeting his major rivals so soon.”

Gerrard faces another tough task only three games after the trip to Pittodrie, when he will take on Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in the first Old Firm league meeting of the season at Parkhead.

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There are still over six weeks until this game takes place and already there is plenty of hype in place, which shows how big of a match it is going to be for Steven Gerrard. Interestingly enough, despite Aberdeen finishing ahead of the Gers in the last two seasons, the Gers do have a good recent record at Pittodrie. The much-maligned managerial duo of Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty both managed to pick up victories there, so it shouldn’t be past Gerrard to get his career off to a flying start. It is probably too much of an ask for the Gers to directly compete for the title next season, and as Rae says they need to overhaul the Dons first before even thinking of a title challenge. So the trip to Pittodrie will be a good marker for the rest of the season, and a win for the Gers will show that they are up for the battle of getting back to the top of Scottish football.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have been linked with a relegated striker

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