Incoming Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has admitted there is a “tough task” awaiting at Ibrox when he takes over alongside Steven Gerrard on June 1st – but insisted there are a “lot of positives too.”

The former Scotland captain is in Dubai as an ambassador for Liverpool – with Gerrard – before they take the reins at Ibrox and hinted they will look to build from the back after seeing the 5-5 draw with Hibernian on Sunday.

McAllister also revealed that he could see the “hunger and desire” in Gerrard when he first spoke with the Liverpool icon over coming to Ibrox.

“When you watch the game and see a scoreline of 5-5 I think that kind of suggests what’s wrong…”McAllister said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“But there’s a lot of positives too. Going forward and scoring five goals away from home is good at least.

“Look, it’s going to be a tough task.

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“When I first sat down with Steven I saw the glint in his eye about the job of managing Rangers. I could see the hunger and desire and I’m exactly the same.”

Football Insider verdict

Anyone that thinks Gerrard and McAllister aren’t facing a massive task when they officially take charge on June 1st the they either haven’t been paying attention over the last six years or don’t have the first clue about Scottish football. There aren’t many tougher roles Gerrard could have taken for his first managerial job and if he can make a success of it at Ibrox then he will be well prepared to be a success at any club on the planet – with no exceptions. Everything about Gerrard – whether it is his peers speaking, old interviews or former team-mates discussing his influence in the dressing room – gives the impression that even if it does go horribly wrong for Gerrard then it won’t be for the lack of trying. He doesn’t seem to be someone who will just try and breeze through and hope everything falls into place but meticulously prepares and pores over every tiny detail to ensure he can be as well prepared as is possible.

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