Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has insisted he wouldn’t be doing his job “properly” if he was focusing on other teams – and is adamant his “priority is Rangers.”
Gerrard welcomes his squad back for pre-season training on Friday ahead of his first season as a manager and believes there are “good teams” in the Scottish Premiership.
The Liverpool legend admits there will be a time to look at other sides and revealed he thinks it would be “disrespectful” to only focus on one team in particular.
“I think it is very disrespectful just to focus on one team in the league, especially when you finish third (behind Aberdeen) and Hibernian were breathing down your neck as well,” Gerrard said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“There are some good teams in the league but for me I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I was focusing on the other teams.
“Obviously there will be a time and a place to focus on those teams when we come up against them but right now my priority is Rangers and trying to improve certain things about Rangers so I can take the challenge to everyone.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard continues to impress with the way he speaks about the task ahead of him and it is reassuring that he can see there are some major weaknesses in the squad. The Light Blues need to concentrate on getting their own house in order at the minute before worrying about what is happening anywhere else. If Gerrard can get that side of things sorted out ten the rest should start taking care of itself. Gerrard takes his side out to Spain on Sunday for a ten-day training camp and it will give the Gers boss a fantastic chance to get to know his players a bit better and really put across his message to them. With a month left until the Europa League campaign begins, Gerrard will be hoping he can get the necessary reaction from his players. One thing is for certain though, the Gers boss isn’t taking his job lightly and hoping everything just falls into place without putting the work in.
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