Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch believes there has been a “lack of togetherness” at Ibrox in recent years – but insists Steven Gerrard will bring that back to the Gers.
McCulloch believes that even when players didn’t get on during his time at the club, they “had each other’s backs” and a “real winning mentality.”
McCulloch also believes that it comes from “off the park” and having Gerrard at Ibrox, with his history as a player, that it will restore that “nastiness” that is needed.
“Watching the last couple of years at Rangers, when there has been six trophies up for grabs and we have won none of them, the thing that stands out for me is the lack of togetherness in the team on the park. That comes from off the park,” McCulloch said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“We had that. Not every one of us got on, but there was a professionalism and we had each other’s backs in the dressing room.
“There was a nastiness, if you like, but a real winning mentality and that is why I think Steven Gerrard can be a success because that is the way that he thinks.
“That will filter through his coaches, staff and players.
“That is what Walter had. He had that streak, that mindset, and Steven will bring that to Rangers.”
Football Insider verdict:
It’s hard to argue with McCulloch here as there has been a clear disconnect between the players in recent years. Gers fans have picked up on it for a long time and many think it has been a big part of the Light Blues’ failure to take that next step and close the gap on bitter rivals Celtic. Gerrard is no stranger to winning and will be desperate to get his managerial career off to a successful start and get his hands on the Gers’ first major trophy since 2011. Having some players around that are used to winning would also be a big help for the Gers and bringing the likes of Allan McGregor back to the club gives them someone who knows exactly what is needed to win trophies at Ibrox. If the Gers can get that ‘nastiness’ back then they will have a great chance of pushing Celtic much further than they have in recent campaigns.
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