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Rooney wrong: Gerrard still has a lot to prove after mixed Rangers start

Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with Dundee off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic in their preceding league clash, which brought to an end Gerrard’s unbeaten start in charge of the Gers. Yet the Light Blues got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion at Ibrox on Saturday as goals from Lassana Coulibaly, Ryan Kent, James Tavernier, and Glenn Middleton sealed a routine 4-0 success over Neil McCann’s Dundee, thus moving Rangers up to fourth place in the Scottish Premiership table.

As such, there have been many delighted Gers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from England’s record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney, who has suggested that Premier League clubs will be looking to try and ‘snatch’ Gerrard away in ‘two or three’ years’ time.

And while Gerrard’s start to life in senior management has been a solid one, Rooney is wrong as he still has plenty to prove before making the grade in the top job.

Ultimately, it was seen by many as a risk from the 38-year-old to take over at Ibrox during the summer, what with the Light Blues seemingly in disarray following the turbulent reign of Pedro Caixinha, as well as the testing times that greeted the end of Graeme Murty’s stint in charge.

Yet Gerrard has done reasonably well in reinvigorating the Scottish giants to help them reach the group stages of the Europa League, their first in European competition since 2010, but there are still a few question marks given their unspectacular start to the domestic season.

The Light Blues have won just two of their opening five Scottish Premiership matches and had embarked upon their worst start to a season in 29 years prior to Saturday’s thumping win over Dundee, a start which also included a pretty meek performance in the Old Firm derby at Parkhead earlier this month.

The Gers were deservedly beaten 1-0 by their bitter rivals but were outplayed for much of the 90 minutes at Celtic Park to suggest that they remain some way away from Brendan Rodgers’ side, and while that game has come in the early phase of Gerrard’s reign at Ibrox, it was a desperately disappointing display from a team that, up until that point, had shown huge promise.

Yes, Gerrard deserves great credit for making a solid start to life at Rangers, but there is still a long way to go before one can say that he will make it as a top manager, be it at Ibrox or indeed somewhere else in the future – things, especially at Rangers, can change very quickly indeed.

So while Rooney is in some respects right that the 38-year-old is likely to be under consideration for Premier League jobs in the future, the Liverpool legend still has plenty to prove at Rangers before a move comes to fruition.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

Rooney wrong: Gerrard still has a lot to prove after mixed Rangers start
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