Former Celtic and Liverpool star Gary Gillespie believes that Steven Gerrard is taking charge of Rangers in a similar position to when he joined the Hoops under former manager Liam Brady.
Gillespie joined the Hoops in 1991 as Brady tried to build a side capable of stopping the Gers’ dominating the domestic game in Scotland – with little success as it would take another eight years for Celtic to finally wrestle the title from Ibrox.
Gillespie admits that Gerrard faces an “uphill battle” to turn the Ibrox giants around – but believes Gerrard will have been given reassurances over the backing he will get.
“It’s a huge challenge, absolutely massive,” Gillespie said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It’s similar to when I went to Celtic and Liam Brady took over at Celtic. Rangers were the ones who were in that position then, and Liam found it very, very difficult. I think it was Liam’s first managerial position as well, and he was facing such an uphill battle.
“But Steven is a young, ambitious kind of guy, and he is a clever guy as well. He will know what he wants, and I’m sure he will have had some sort of reassurance that there will be money available and he’ll be able to bring in the players he will undoubtedly need if they are to get close to challenging Celtic.
Football Insider verdict:
There are a few big similarities between the situations Gerrard and Brady faced – but there are also some massive differences. When Brady took charge of Celtic, the Hoops board at the time were as well-known for their ‘biscuit tin’ mentality to spending than anything else. Gerrard is at least being substantially backed financially by the Gers board and is being given the tools to build a side capable of challenging Celtic this season. Brady also had the misfortune of going up against arguably one of the best Rangers sides in history while Gerrard doesn’t face quite the same strength of opposition. The biggest difference though is that Rangers fans are largely behind the direction their club is headed while Celtic fans back in 1991 were less than enthralled with their leadership. Most importantly though, Brady took charge of the Hoops and tried to find a quick fix while Gerrard is looking at building a side who should, in theory, be at Ibrox for years to come.
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