Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made a telling admission about the Rangers job, which may be true, but supporters will be surprised to hear a man of his confidence admit it despite what he said when he was unveiled all those months ago (that he believed in his own ability).
Gerrard will be featuring in an upcoming biography about his career including Rangers, and was speaking about Jurgen Klopp and how much he learned from him, but tellingly let slip that not only was he not expecting the call from Rangers, but that he does believe it may have come too early for him.
“I wasn’t expecting the Rangers offer. Do I think it came a bit early? Probably. But when it’s a club as big as Rangers you only get one opportunity to manage them.”
It’s a fair point – it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and only Walter in recent times got to do it twice, so we cannot blame Stevie for admitting he took it because of who we are.
But equally it’s the first time he’s admitted his confidence in his ability isn’t 100%, given he’s nowhere near a fully-fledged manager – and he clearly has made errors since being appointed in the early summer.
Did it come too early for him? He’s done a lot right, especially in Europe, and a lot wrong, so a mixed batch – but with Rangers second in the league having walloped Motherwell, the recent bad run of October and early November may be a thing of the past if the XI can keep the performances and results going.
Then it won’t matter if it was too early or not.