Celtic flop John Barnes thinks the best Steven Gerrard can do as Rangers manager is “finish 10 or 15 points” behind their bitter rivals – but insists that wouldn’t be a failure for the Ibrox giants.
Barnes had a short spell in charge of the Hoops which ended in ignominy – and the Liverpool icon thinks Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp couldn’t win the league with the Gers.
The former England international also insists the Light Blues need to get behind Gerrard and give him “time and support.”
“If Steven Gerrard maximises the potential of Rangers, which is all they can ask any manager to do, they’ll probably finish 10 or 15 points behind Celtic,” Barnes said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“That’s not a failure though because if Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola went to Rangers at this moment in time with the players they have, they will not beat Celtic and win the league.
“It’s not a question of Steven Gerrard failing or being inexperienced, it’s the fact that Rangers are nowhere near Celtic.
“Just because Steven Gerrard’s there now doesn’t mean they should win the league or compete with Celtic, so it will take time and I hope he’s given that time and support.”
Football Insider verdict:
It’s good to see that despite all his time away from Scottish football it hasn’t changed how little Barnes understands it. Thinking finishing 10 or 15 points behind Celtic isn’t a failure is the very reason Barnes was a failure in Scotland. While Gers fans won’t be demanding Gerrard’s head if the Light Blues finish close to Celtic in the league, a 10-15 point gap would absolutely be considered a failure. Barnes’ comments are pretty typical of English pundits who simply don’t have a clue about anything that isn’t the Premier League and it has shone through in many of their comments. While Gers fans will be hoping Gerrard’s time in charge at Ibrox doesn’t go the same way as Barnes’ stint across the city. Barnes proved during his time at Celtic that he wasn’t cut out for management and his latest comments show he’s not cut out to be a Scottish football pundit either. Perhaps a career in rap awaits.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.