Steven Gerrard: Running A Big Risk

After spending two years as under-18s coach at Anfield, Steven Gerard has taken the leap and plunged into first team managerial life, starting at the Ibrox in charge of Glasgow greats Rangers.

Following a strong start to the 2017-18 season Rangers faded towards the back end and finished a disappointing 3rd place in the championship group of the Scottish prem. After a tight contest for Europa league qualification Rangers just managed to snatch it from Hibernian in 4th by a measly 3 points.

Rangers had a wasteful spending spree last summer that saw £8 million splurged on several players who made little or no impact; such as Carlos Pena [£3m] who was sent out on loan after just six months.

Striker Eduardo Herrera [£1.7m] who has only scored twice all season and likely their highest paid player Bruno Alves who could be offloaded this summer.

Meanwhile, league champions Celtic have just qualified for the Champions League group stages for successive seasons which has created a record rise in revenue and profit.

It's clear that Gerrard has a massive job on his hands and with Rangers' lack of real cash to tempt the finest players, Gerrard will have to rely on his name to attract sponsors and play makers to the club.

When asked what he plans to do this summer, Gerrard simply replied 'we'll strengthen'.

Although trying to keep his cards very tight to his chest, further reports suggest that Gerrard has made a bid of £4 million for Swansea striker and lifelong Rangers fan Oli McBurnie. Not to mention Rangers making a £4 million bid for Fenerbahçe defender and former Liverpool player Martin Skrtel.

With Rangers in far from great shape at the moment, will Gerrard prevail and prove pundits wrong? or will he fall flat and conform to a familiar Celtic friendly script in his first season in the Scottish Prem?

Let us know what you think.

Words by Joel Greasley.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He loves a Meatball Marinara from Subway on a Friday.

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