Former Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton has said that the Ibrox outfit must give current boss Steven Gerrard the time, support and confidence he needs to close the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Warburton spent two years with the 54-time Scottish champions between 2015 and 2017. In his first campaign, he led the ‘Gers back to the Scottish Premiership whilst he also won the Challenge Cup. However, after the Glasgow side fell 19 points adrift of the top of the table by December, Warburton left Ibrox – although he controversially challenged the club’s announcement of his resignation, saying that wasn’t the case.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about Gerrard, the current QPR boss said:
“I think he has done a great job and I very much hope they keep on backing him. That’s what he needs because I’m sure the other side of Glasgow will be keen to push for the tenth. You really hope that Rangers do what they have to do to support Steven and stop it.
“Of course, there will be big pressure, but then Steven had almost 20 years as a world-class player dealing with pressure. He will understand the pressure, even with the different perspective of a manager. He knows what it takes to win big games of football.
“As I said, I think it is all about backing Steven. Give him the time, the support and the confidence any manager needs — no matter who you are.
“The likes of (Ianis) Hagi, you need that level of player to come to Ibrox. It’s a great theatre.”
As Warburton mentions, the ‘Gers have already made their mark in the transfer market, signing Ianis Hagi for £3m whilst also bringing in Calvin Bassey on a free transfer from Leicester City. However, that is unlikely to be enough – the ‘Gers were already 13 points behind Celtic with nine games left even with Hagi available since January.
Will Rangers win the league next season?
Indeed, Gerrard needs time but he has already gone two years without a trophy. The ‘Gers are clearly the second best team in Scotland, as we have seen by their runner-up places in the last two years, so they should realistically be looking to win at least a cup competition next season. Anything else will surely be perceived as a failure.
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