Rangers face NK Osijek in the second leg of their Europa League second-round qualifier tonight and after a huge performance last week, Steven Gerrard’s side will be taking a 1-0 lead into their home leg at Ibrox tonight. Speaking ahead of the match, Gerrard claimed that the game is about the players, despite admitting he wishes he was playing in the fixture.
SG: It’s not about me, I won’t be playing. I will pass on my experience to the boys of what to expect but it’s about the boys and the chance for them to go in perform in front of a full-house at Ibrox. I wish I was playing in it.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 1 August 2018
That last comment has excited plenty of Gers. The supporters would kill to see their legendary gaffer put his boots on one more time and pull on the famous blue shirt. It’s likely that Gerrard will still be able to boss the midfield in the Scottish Premier League and the early stages of the Europa League, despite the fact he’s now 38-years-old and well past his playing days.
The standard of Scottish football is often criticised and that’s led plenty of fans to call for their gaffer to play again. In his prime, Gerrard captained both Liverpool and England and was one of the best players in the world. If he’s half as good a manager as he was a player then the Ibrox faithful are in for a treat and so far he’s living up to his name of being a winner, as the Gers are yet to concede a goal under his management.
You can read the Bluenoses’ calls for Gerrard to get his boots back on again here:
Just put the boots on then Stevie
— Sinky (@Sinky6682) 1 August 2018
I wish you were too
— Dave (@dm1872_) August 1, 2018
I knew a full house at Ibrox would be too much for him, the odds will be slashed for him to come out of retirement before the seasons done. @stigmata1823
— Gary Davies (@GazDavies1982) August 1, 2018
Get yer boots on gaffer
— The Famous (@___thefamous1) August 1, 2018
Hope you registered as a player gaffer will be a shame if you haven’t. Would love to see you grace the famous Ibrox Park.
— Stef9 GB (@Stef9c) 1 August 2018
Get the Preds on gaffer.
— Gaz (@GarySudz) August 1, 2018
Just one game
— Ross Weir (@rossweir_) 1 August 2018
— Del Boy Lyttle (@Bluebear_1979) 1 August 2018
The fans are desperate to see Gerrard back in action at Ibrox and will be hoping that when he sees Ibrox rocking tonight he might be convinced.