Celtic and Rangers fans demand success from their clubs, and expect a lot from their managers.
There is therefore a huge amount of pressure on Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and Steven Gerrard at Rangers, as they know their fanbase do not suffer fools gladly.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two managers…
Since becoming Celtic manager in 2016, Rodgers has had more success than fans would ever have dreamed of.
In two seasons at Celtic Park, the Northern Irishman has won a historic double treble, and is now chasing a tenth Scottish Premiership title in a row. He has already guided The Bhoys to the Scottish League Cup final, and could well be on course for a third treble in three seasons.
However, as well as Rodgers has done domestically, he has consistently fallen short in Europe, and that will be something that concerns him. However, this has long been due to the reluctance of the board to spend rather than his limitations.
But with just shy of a 70% win record with The Hoops, Rodgers has undeniably been a huge figure in Celtic’s recent dominance.
TT Grade: A+
When looking at how Rangers have done purely from a statistical basis since Gerrard took over in May this year, it looks as though The Gers have done remarkably well.
They made the Scottish League Cup semi-final, and remain competitive in both the Europa League and the Scottish Premiership. However, they have often fallen short when it has come to big games, particularly with their attack.
This will be a concern of Gerrard’s, and it is something that he has already said that he needs to address.
Nonetheless, it still looks as though Gerrard is building something at Rangers, and he has a lot of promising players at his disposal.
TT Grade: B+
When comparing these two managers, it is hard to look beyond Rodgers’ trophy cabinet.
With that being said, Gerrard is still fresh in the job, and inherited a much worse team than Rodgers did. The fact that Rangers have struggled also has played in Rodgers’ hands. This means that Gerrard was always going to have an infinitely harder job than his counterpart had.
Nonetheless, it is still very hard to imagine the Liverpool legend ever emulating the success Rodgers has had, particularly as he is new to the world of management. It is that reason why Rodgers wins this battle.