Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a promising opening to life as Rangers manager on what represents his first role in senior management.
The hype at Ibrox which has dominated the club since Gerrard took the reigns is beginning to die down somewhat as the new manager begins to get to grips with life in the SPFL.
Rangers have enjoyed a relatively modest opening to the season with 8 points from their first 5 fixtures, including a 1-0 defeat in the Old Firm derby against Celtic.
Naturally, it’s far too early to jump to conclusions about Gerrard’s credentials to lead his side on a genuine title charge, but recent comments from Umar Sadiq suggest his playing career has provided him with the reputation to ensure he commands respect in the dressing room.
Despite the fact he recently joined the club on a season-long loan in search of first-team opportunities, Sadiq has played just 13 minutes of SPFL football so far this season, and his lack of game time has provoked questions about whether his loan spell could be cut short.
However, Sadiq moved to quash talk of a potential exit this week by stating “it’s too soon to talk about movements. I am here to play football and I know it won’t be easy, it’s a privilege to work with a living legend like Steven Gerrard”, as per Supersport (via Daily Record).
It would be easy for Sadiq to voice his discontent after barely having a sniff of the first-team so far this season and the fact he is speaking so highly of Gerrard strongly implies that there is a bright future ahead for the new manager.
A genuine level of respect between the manager and his players is one of the most, if not the most pivotal component of any successful side.
That Gerrard is commanding a huge level of respect from a player on the fringes of the first-team who is well within his rights to question what he is gaining from his stint with Rangers speaks volumes about his popularity amongst the squad, and that will take him far in management.
Gerrard has already endeared himself to the vast majority of the Gers faithful since he arrived at Ibrox and, if Sadiq’s admission is anything to go by, he commands the level of respect in the dressing room that will be needed to help him become a hero at Ibrox in the years to come.
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