Former Celtic star tells the truth about Steven Gerrard; points to ominous financial situation

By John McGinley

November 13, 2021

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton doesn’t believe the new Rangers manager will have to do much to surpass Steven Gerrard’s record at Ibrox.

Gerrard’s managerial abilities have taken on near-superhuman hype levels over the last 12 months following one trophy win in nine attempts domestically.

However, when considering other managers in Glasgow over the last decade, including Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, he has paled in comparison.

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Even Callum Davidson has won more trophies with St Johnstone, against all odds.

Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column today: “Did Gerrard do an outstanding job at Ibrox? No, I wouldn’t say he did. With outstanding backing from Dave King in terms of paying for the recruitment in his early days, he did a good job.

“Winning the title last season was massive due to the obvious reasons and he deserved credit for that. But, quite frankly, no trophy out of the other eight available simply wasn’t good enough.

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“Callum Davidson won more silverware in his first season at St Johnstone than Gerrard did in three at Ibrox. That’s a fact. Brendan Rodgers won seven out of seven. That’s what counts as outstanding.”

Meanwhile, Sutton thinks there could be more upheaval at Ibrox this January with sales of key players, potentially giving Celtic another advantage due to the club’s healthy financial position compared to Rangers.

Our city rivals posted a humongous £23.5m loss in their latest set of accounts, with chairman Douglas Park admitting they have a £7.5m shortfall this season. [Scottish Sun]

With the majority of Gerrard’s backroom staff also accompanying him to Aston Villa, Rangers are in a state of flux that Celtic simply must take advantage of with consistency.

Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys have a real opportunity to put significant pressure on the currently managerless outfit between now and the winter break.

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