Graeme Souness, who knows a thing or two about managing Rangers under uncannily similar circumstances, has backed Steven Gerrard to be a success at Ibrox as long as he gets backing, and the former Rangers boss admits he is very much still a ‘Rangers supporter’ and is eager for the Anfield legend to do well.
The former Sampdoria enforcer has been more associated with Liverpool in his post-football career, of course, as manager and player on Merseyside plus serial trophy winner, but his time in Scotland was absolutely legendary and single-handedly shaped the game north of the border.
He believes Gerrard can make it work, but he needs help:
“He’s starting from a good position. He was a great football player, he’ll get respect from the players from that alone. He’ll need a bit of luck, he’ll need a bit of support from the board, the board need to find him some money to enable him to buy some more players. Obviously through his contacts in England he’ll be able to get some loan players. So I’m hopeful, as a Rangers supporter, we can catch Celtic next season.”
Some younger fans will probably really known Souness as that guy off Sky Sports, but he has only ever spoken positively of Rangers, of his time at Ibrox, and he was about as born a winner as they come and imparted that in Govan.
If he believes Gerrard can be a success, who are we to argue.