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Ex-Glasgow Rangers coach: Steven Gerrard will need time

Former Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton has warned new coach Steven Gerrard that being captain at Liverpool is no comparison to the Ibrox job.

08/05/2018 - 15:00 -

Steven Gerrard
Former Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton has warned new coach Steven Gerrard that being captain at Liverpool is no comparison to the Ibrox job.

The former manager has welcomed the appointment of the Liverpool legend, but has warned fans that they can’t expect instant success.

'Stevie G' was unveiled as the club's new manager on Friday as he replaced caretaker manager Graeme Murty, who was sacked after six months in charge.

Warburton, who was axed in February last year, has warned against expecting too much from the former England midfielder.

When he led Glasgow Rangers up from the Championship, they were too focused on challenging Celtic and were blown away by Brendan Rodgers’ men.

“I keep hearing stories about how Steven needs £20million or £30million to compete,” he said to the Sun website.

“Of course he needs the financial backing, but he also needs verbal backing.

“He needs the club to say that he’s their choice and he’s here for the long-term.

“If the fans hear that then they’ll probably have a more realistic expectation.

“You can’t catch Celtic overnight. They will respond to Gerrard’s appointment, because whatever Rangers do, Celtic will be watching.

“They will have the Champions League and if they qualify for the group stages, that’s another £35million into Celtic’s coffers.

“But for me the key is managing expectations and the club saying he’s here for the long-term.”

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