Former Rangers cult hero Nacho Novo has underlined what he believes Steven Gerrard must do to make the Ibrox side contenders once again.
The Spaniard feels that Gerrard must have the respect of his players, as his opinion is that the last few managers at Ibrox were not respected by the first-team players.
“To manage the players, that is the biggest thing for me,” Novo said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“The last few managers, some players lost respect and that should not be allowed at a club like Rangers.”
Gerrard, who has had a stellar career with Liverpool and England, is certainly worthy of respect from all in the game as he begins his managerial career in at the deep end.
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Reading between the lines, it is not hard to see what Novo is talking about. The incidents at the end of last season where Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller were suspended by the Gers after a bust-up with then manager Graeme Murty can’t be repeated under Gerrard’s management. You would hope that Gerrard – and assistant boss Gary McAllister – will be given the respect the deserve by the Gers players, as the former Liverpool man begins his managerial career. Having a harmonious dressing room is very important. All the players should be as one believing in what Gerrard has to say. Those who don’t agree should be sold at the first available opportunity. This should be a new beginning for the Gers, with none of the issues which have affected the club in previous years, and for Gerrard to be a success, that could mean having to get rid of some players who don’t buy into his methods.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard has came to a decision on the future of two Gers players