“Celtic have had it their own way for far too long,” Steven Gerrard reckons.
He was speaking about his new job while in Dubai at a Liverpool event and after watching the new club draw 5-5 with Hibs at Easter Road. That result combined with the surprise 1-0 win for Aberdeen at Celtic Park has cost Rangers £300,000 which presumably will be bad news for him when he finally gets round to checking out the contents of the Ibrox transfer kitty biscuit tin.
For now though he remains optimistic. And he never mentioned the if heard the sustained sectarian singing that was directed towards Neil Lennon yesterday by the travelling support at Easter Road. This is set to become an issue as Lennon has cited it as a defence for the charges that the SFA will bring relating to his on field celebrations as the tenth goal of the game was scored.
A light shining on this issue again – will be no bad thing. But Scotland’s Shame isn’t somewhere that the SFA like to go, so it will be interesting how this plays out.
“This is a massive opportunity for myself and Gary McAllister to go to a huge football club and try to improve things down in Glasgow,” Gerrard continued.
“We go up to Glasgow and we will give it our best.
“Liverpool have been fantastic because they actually came to me and said that Rangers would like the opportunity to speak to me.
“I asked them what they thought and they have since given me every bit of support that I needed to go and take the challenge on. I go with Liverpool’s blessings.”
And the feel good factor continued as he reckons that everyone will suddenly become Rangers supporters now that he is their boss. Really?
“Every fan I have bumped into since the news broke are now officially Rangers fans, too, so that’s been a huge boost for me.
“I have had so many good luck wishes and messages and it has been really great for me.”
Gerrard also spoke about the current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and seems to have ideas that having worked alongside the German for a short period as the Under 18s coach at Liverpool, that he will be able to replicate the German’s football philosophy at Ibrox.
Klopp is certainly a top manager but he has Premier League players at his disposal and Premier League money to allow him to do his job.
“When you look at the style of football that Jurgen Klopp plays, I think every fan in the world loves watching that,” Gerrard continued.
Liverpool were a joy to watch under Brendan Rodgers too and came with a Stevie G slip of winning the Premier League under him – not mentioned in Dubai though. It’s Klopp that he wants to copy.
“He’s been absolutely massive for the club. What he does is he speaks honestly and truthfully. When you see a manager speak, you don’t want someone to pretend or bat back any question. He answers every single question with honesty and truth and that’s what we are about.
“It’s one of his values that I hope to take.”
Imagine Dave King appointing a manager who values honesty and truth above all else!
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