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Gerrard must take on board the words of a former Rangers enemy ahead of Old Firm

Gerrard must take on board the words of a former Rangers enemy ahead of Old Firm

Rangers supporters will be pleased with the impact new manager Steven Gerrard has had on their club.

Rangers’ progression into the Europa League group stages under Gerrard, in particular, is something that would have delighted the Ibrox faithful.

But, as well as making an impact in Europe, fans will also be hoping that Gerrard will finally be the man in the Ibrox dugout to end Celtic’s SPL dominance, as the two sides take on each other tomorrow in the Old Firm derby.

And, ahead of the clash between the two Glasgow giants, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has issued a warning to Rangers’ new boss.

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“The door is open for Rangers but it’s another thing going through it. Gerrard’s big problem will be keeping his hot-head frontmen on the pitch,” Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column.

“He must have felt like throttling Alfredo Morelos as his stupidity could have cost his side a Europa League place.

“Kyle Lafferty’s temperament is also questionable and a derby is no place for players who are quick to the boil.”

Quite frankly, Rangers’ disciplinary record so far this season has been poor having seen men sent off in games against Aberdeen, St. Mirren, and FC Ufa in the Europa League.

And, as alluded to by Sutton, Morelos, in particular, has to refrain himself better, especially going into such a heated encounter on Sunday.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form for Rangers in this early stage of the new campaign; the last thing Gerrard needs is to lose one of his star players midway through the game.

Celtic have had a very mixed start to the season, and Gerrard will be looking to capitalise on that, but can only do so if Morelos and co can keep their heads.

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