Steven Gerrard is a well-respected character in the world of football. He is famous for his lengthy yet illustrious career with Liverpool and he also earned several fans for his displays as England’s captain. Now, his next challenge is to manage Scottish giants Rangers.
Gerrard might not have managed a club before but there is a lot to look forward to if you are a Rangers supporter. First of all, Gerrard is a true leader. During his days as a footballer, the Englishman read the game in an unparalleled manner and those skills will come in handy in the Scottish Premiership.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder undertook first coaching role with Liverpool’s U18 side last season. With that opportunity, he was not only able to develop his coaching knowledge further but also work close to home. Now, he faces a real challenge at Ibrox.
Having appeared 114 times for England, and having played over 500 league games with Liverpool, the English legend must help Rangers return to their best. The Gers managed to finish 3rd in the league last season, which isn’t bad considering their recent history.
Rangers endured severe financial problems in 2012, following which they made the drop to the Scottish third division. Subsequently, they made it back to the Scottish Premiership in 2016 and while they have been decent enough, it goes without saying that they need to improve.
With Gerrard in charge, Rangers will have a cool-headed man with the tactical knowledge required to truly make a difference. His key decisions will include letting players go and bringing in fresh faces this summer.
Considering Celtic are the dominant side in Scottish football, Gerrard will face an urgency to catch their fellow Glasgow rivals. Given the circumstances, it is possible for the Gers to contend for the title next season but it will be a tough road.
Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos produced 18 league goals each last season and they are both expected to be key players under Gerrard as well. There are certain players who need to be retained from the current squad but suffice to say, the Rangers boss will have his eye on a few new targets.
The main priority for Gerrard will be to strengthen the defence. Despite finishing 3rd last term, Rangers shipped an unhealthy number of goals and they need to rectify that if they are to succeed.
Clearly, there will be a lot of work to be done but for the time being, Rangers fans will have to trust their new manager.