Zinedine Zidane has backed Steven Gerrard to succeed at Rangers and said that his experience as a player at the top level will more than make up for his lack of managerial time.
The Real Madrid boss was in a similar position to Gerrard when he took over at Real Madrid, which was his first managerial post.
But he has been a huge success and is looking to triumph over Gerrard’s old club Liverpool in the Champions League on Saturday night and become the first manager to win three CL titles in a row.
After admitting that he would keep a close eye on Gerrard at Rangers, Zidane said, as quoted in the Daily Record: “It is not a big deal that this is his first role as a senior coach. He will learn as he goes but there isn’t much you’ll be able to teach Gerrard about the game.
“He has played with and against the best, won a Champions League Final, captained one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and won over 100 caps with England.
“Not many players in the world have that sort of experience in the game – and he will use all those years of experience from the very first day in the job.
“I followed his playing career closely and now I will be following his coaching career closely. He is a born winner, a natural winner and I am sure he will bring that to Rangers.”
Football Insider verdict:
This is why Gerrard is such a strong appointment at Rangers. When you’ve got the Real Madrid manager saying he’s going to watch the rookie manager’s career at Rangers closely, you know that the Ibrox club has been put on the map. If Gerrard’s career can get anywhere near that of Zidane’s at Real Madrid, Rangers fans are in for an exciting ride. Much has been made of his lack of experience but all managers have to start somewhere and you don’t need to look further than Zidane to see how well it can work. Premier League clubs in particular seem absolutely obsessed with experience, with old hacks like Sam Allardyce and David Moyes moving on a seemingly never-ending carousel of clubs, brining their limited skills to play and doing just enough to ensure they get another offer after they get sacked from their previous clubs. Gerrard is a gamble but if you aim for the stars you might actually get somewhere and Zidane won’t be the only person keeping a close eye on Rangers and Gerrard’s progress next season.
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