Rangers news: Kyle Lafferty makes bold prediction about Steven Gerrard and Celtic

RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard is going to be the next big thing and can help the club finish above Celtic this season.

That’s according to summer signing Kyle Lafferty.

The Liverpool legend took charge at Ibrox in May, replacing Graeme Murty.

It’s Gerrard’s first job in management and the 38-year-old hit the ground running in Scotland, remaining unbeaten in his opening 12 games in charge.

Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season against bitter rivals Celtic last weekend as Olivier Ntcham’s strike separated the sides in a cagey encounter.

“He’s going to be the next big thing.”

Rangers star Kyle Lafferty

But Lafferty, who rejoined the club from Hearts, was full of praise for his manager despite losing the Old Firm.

“Steven’s pretty impressive to be honest,” he said.

“He’s a young manager and the first two weeks, from what I’ve seen so far, he’s going to be the next big thing.

“The way he speaks and puts things across to the squad is impressive.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard suffered his first defeat against Celtic last weekend

“For any young manager looking to go into coaching or managing you just need to look at him.

“In the press, no matter who is asking him questions on what’s put in front of him, he’s coming across really well. And his training is tough.

“He was one of those players whatever way he trained on the park, he took it into games and he is trying to get that across to the lads.

“Training is really good and it’s going to be good times for Rangers.”

Rangers have won the Scottish top flight 54 times and are aiming to topple Celtic this year to reach a landmark 55.

Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership seven times in a row but Lafferty is convinced this could be the year Rangers finally end their dominance.

“It will be tough,” he added.

“Celtic have been champions for many years but we now have a squad that can compete.

“Sunday was a disappointing result but, with travelling and playing 38 minutes with nine men, it was tough.

“There is going to be no excuses for the performance we’ve put in.

“Celtic were probably the better team on the day but we are on a good road now and a good path, and we’re going to kick on and we’ll be much closer to Celtic.

“Everyone in the Rangers dressing room believes that we’ll get 55 and this will be the year we’ll win the league, and we’ll just keep on working hard in the training ground.

“Obviously we have the Europa League as well so the games will come thick and fast, and it’s a good place to be and I couldn’t be happier to be a Rangers player.”

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