Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks Celtic fans will be blown away by the appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager – and the German thinks it could be a sign the Gers are set to finally close the gap to their rivals.
Gerrard was confirmed as the Light Blues manager on a four-year deal on Friday and will take up the post in June before fulfilling some commitments to Liverpool’s Academy, where he is currently in charge of the Under-18s side.
Klopp thinks that despite concerns over his lack of experience his departing Under-18s head coach is ready for his first job in management if he thinks he is ready.
“If Stevie thinks it’s the right moment then I’m sure it is the right moment. If he thinks he’s ready then he’s ready,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com
“How I know it, Rangers are a big club in a little bit of a difficult moment still but a much better moment than a few years ago. It could be a really good fit, it could be nice, coming closer to Celtic.
“I’m pretty sure Celtic supporters don’t think, ‘Thank God, Steven Gerrard’. They think, ‘Wow, Steven Gerrard’. That can always be a sign.”
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic fans will be furious at this. For the last week they’ve spent their time pretending they’d never heard of Gerrard or trying to convince themselves that he wasn’t Ibrox-bound. The 114-times capped England midfielder is arguably the biggest name to arrive in Scottish football since Paul Gascoigne signed for Rangers almost 25 years ago and has taken all of the attention away from the Hoops lifting a seventh successive title and being on the brink of securing a historic back-to-back domestic treble. The 37-year-old will be desperate to get one over on Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and put his former Anfield boss in his place and stop Celtic from lifting an eighth title. Despite all of Celtic’s success in Scotland in recent years, the appointment of Gerrard has made a bigger splash in a week than Celtic’s invincible success managed.