Former Netherlands international Dirk Kuyt has said that Steven Gerrard has already been a success as Rangers manager and has not been surprised at the job that the 39-year-old has done at Ibrox.
Speaking to the Evening Times ahead of the Light Blues’ Europa League game about his old club Feyenoord tomorrow, Kuyt has been very impressed by how his ex-Liverpool team-mate has taken to his first job in senior management.
The Dutchman told the Evening Times: “It is not a surprise at all to see his impact here because he already did that as a player and he took everyone with him to get everything out of the team, to get the maximum from himself and others.
“That was not only in the games, it was in every training session and he wanted to be the best.”
Kuyt added: “He works every day to be the best and I think he is already successful. The future, he will only be more successful.”
An assessment of Gerrard’s tenure in charge of Rangers would suggest that Kuyt’s glowing verdict of him isn’t merely a case of sticking up for a former team-mate.
The current Ibrox boss will take charge of his 89th game for the club against Feyenoord tomorrow, having already surpassed the tallies of the last six men to hold the first team reins either permanently or as a caretaker. [via TransferMarkt]
He has earned 2.07 points per game during his time in charge, the highest of any Rangers manager to have operated in the Premiership for their entire tenure since Walter Smith (2.11 per game).
Ally McCoist won 2.3 points per game but that included time spent in the third and fourth tier of Scottish football, while Mark Warburton’s average of 2.18 points per game included matches from the Championship.
Rangers finished third in the Premiership and 12 points behind Celtic in the 2017/18 season before Gerrard took charge that summer.
He took them to second last season, their highest finish since their last Premiership title in 2011, and his team look well placed to push Celtic all the way in this year’s title race, with the Glasgow rivals level on points at the summit a third of the way through the campaign.
Gerrard has also sparked a revival in Rangers’ European fortunes – having lost in the first qualifying round of the Europa League to Progres Niederkorn under Pedro Caixinha two years ago, the 39-year-old got them into the group stage last season and could ensure qualification for the knockout rounds with a win over Feyenoord tomorrow night.
Based on all that evidence, Kuyt is justified in saying that his old Liverpool team-mate has done a stellar job at Rangers so far and looks capable of experiencing even bigger highs during his tenure at Ibrox.
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