PR master stroke from the board
After a string of bad managerial appointments, the Glasgow Rangers board chose to roll the dice once more – but this time they’re certain it’ll pay off. Pedro Caixinha was a disaster from beginning to end, Graeme Murty proved to be a youth coach in over his head. Cue the arrival of Steven Gerrard.
When Gers first announced they intended to hand former Liverpool captain Gerrard his first senior management roll it was fair to say fans were taken aback and rather unconvinced. But, to date, it has been a PR master stroke from Dave King and his men with the world’s media falling over themselves to get to Ibrox and be first with the transfer news.
The failed Caixinha era cost the team upwards of £10m, money they’re unlikely to claw back on the likes of Carlos Pena. Critics say the pot is now empty, but a war chest has supposedly been promised to stop Celtic in their tracks with the Govan-based money men admitting the England midfielder’s appointment has already attracted the promise of fresh investment.
Supporters know Gerrard is an untried manager with no experience in the roll, but they also know he was once one of the best players in world football and holds an enviable contact list from his playing days as well as nurturing the talent at Liverpool youths. A lot of similarities can be made between him and the Graeme Souness reign.
Rangers have already moved to bolster their squad, bringing in Scott Arfield from Burnley, Allan McGregor back from Hull and they made Jamie Murphy’s loan move from Brighton permanent. Each of those were down to director of football Mark Allen, but with the approval of Gerrard we’re told.
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Gerrard set to call in some favours
There’s no surprise Steven will stick to what he knows when taking charge on June 1st and has made former teammate Martin Skrtel his number one target with the Fenerbahce defender valued at £4m. Another is Anfield wonderkid Harry Wilson who is expected to move north on loan from the 2018 Champions League finalists. What a deal that would be with the 21-year-old Welsh winger touted as the next big thing by some. Celtic failed to land him last year.
Then there’s the strange and far-fetched. Rangers have been linked with the likes of Jermain Defoe and even Fernando Torres. One thing’s for sure – there’s plenty more crazy in this story before the transfer window slams shut.
We’ll see how much ready cash the board have, we’ll also see the true extend of Gerrard’s pulling power – but will we see the club end their long, painful wait for silverware? As their bitter rivals across the city completed a record-breaking double treble those loyal to the Gers cause could only sit in wait.
Will Gerrard come back to haunt his former boss and end that dominance? Bookies have had their say and Rangers to win a trophy during the 2018/19 season is 5/4 second favourite with Bet Victor behind 4/7 no trophy. That’ll catch the attention to those with blue tinted glasses but there’s more to be had if you fancy a multiple.
Scottish Cup and League Cup double is 40/1. Premiership and League Cup 40/1, Premiership and Scottish Cup also 40/1, all with Bet Victor. Who’s for a domestic treble? 150/1. A Europa League winner’s medal may be a bridge too far at this stage when recalling what happened vs Progres last season. The clean-sweep is just ridiculous at 3000/1.