Steven Gerrard’s appointment as new Rangers manager may have shocked some pundits – but two of his former Liverpool managers believe he can be a success in Scotland.
The Reds legend has recently been coaching the club’s Under-18s but has agreed to make the step up to first-team level in Scotland, agreeing a four-year contract with the Ibrox side to begin on 1 June.
He will be assisted by former team-mate and Scottish captain Gary McAllister, with his first competitive game possibly coming as early as 12 July should the Gers qualify for the Europa League by finishing in the top three of the SPL.
But despite his lack of managerial experience his former boss at Anfield, Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers – now a cross-city rival – feels he has what it takes to flourish.
“I’m delighted for him. He wanted to manage and wanted to coach and obviously he now has the opportunity to do that”, said Rodgers, who recently helped the Hoops to a seventh successive SPL crown.
“I’m sure he will be looking forward to his first job and happy that he now enters into my world of coaching and managing.
“He will have an idea in relation of how he wants to work. But certainly as a guy he was ultra professional. I’m sure he will take those attributes into his management.
“Only over time will you see the identity of his team and how they want to work and how they want to play.”
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, with whom Gerrard won the 2005 Champions League, added: “First of all, I would say congratulations. It’s always a challenge and for someone like him who loves football, it’s an opportunity to show his level.”