RANGERS legend Ally McCoist expects one day Steven Gerrard to take over management at Liverpool, but warned the Ibrox manager that before he can seal an emotional return to Anfield, he must win silverware.
Before taking charge of the English record champion’s academy team as he took his first steps into management, Gerrard spent much of his playing career with the Premier League giants.
Some see an eventual return to his boyhood club as a manager as probable, considering the close connections of the Rangers boss to his old squad.
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McCoist claims one day that will be the case, but to demonstrate his worth, Gerrard must first win trophies in Scotland.
And McCoist sees similarities between the job Gerrard did at Ibrox and the transformation of Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, with the Govan club closer than ever to a first top-flight title since 2011.
I’ve never asked Steven about it,” McCoist told the Scottish Sun, “but most people will embrace his inevitable development to one day manage Liverpool.
“He has to be good at Rangers to do that – that means winning trophies.
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For a decade, Celtic have dominated and they deserve praise for that. But many of their titles were won in the lower leagues when Rangers were dealing with their own problems. But now, Rangers are back.
It’s always the toughest to win the first trophy, but if they do, Gerrard’s really going to hit his stride.
At Liverpool, Klopp was given time to get it right and it took him three seasons to win his first trophy, the Champions League triumph of 2019.
Similarly, this is Steven’s third Rangers season and now it’s crunch time.
It’s crazy to think that if he didn’t win anything this season, he would be under pressure, considering the progress Rangers have made.
But I know from experience that if you want to stay a manager at Ibrox, you have to deliver major trophies, otherwise you are headed for the exit.
Ibrox hero Peter Lovenkrands believes that rangers can be invincible.
“Like Liverpool did with Klopp, the Rangers board has shown faith in Steven after two seasons without a trophy, and the reward has been an outstanding season at home and in Europe – so far.”
He added: “I’m sure many people see Steven as a possible Liverpool successor to Jürgen and I’m sure Liverpool and Steven would like to see that as well.”
“But at the moment he’s not going to get any better experience in terms of a high-pressure, high-profile role than being the Rangers manager.”