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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is going to be 'next big thing' in management, says Rangers striker Lafferty

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard was one of the world's greatest midfielders - now he could turn into a stand-out manager.

That's the view of Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, who is still getting to grips with his new boss.

Having moved back to Ibrox just three weeks ago, the Northern Ireland forward is loving life under the former Liverpool captain.

Gerrard has got off to a mixed start in terms of results, guiding the side through to the Europa League group stages but slipping up against Aberdeen and Motherwell in the league before last weekend's lacklustre defeat to Celtic.

Nonetheless, Lafferty is tipping Gerrard for big things.

"Steven's pretty impressive to be honest," he said. "He's a young manager and the first two weeks, from what I've seen so far, he's going to be the next big thing. The way he speaks and puts things across to the squad it is impressive.

"For any young manager looking to go into coaching or managing you just need to look at him. In the press, no matter who is asking him questions on what's put in front of him, he's coming across really well. And his training is tough.

"He was one of those players whatever way he trained on the park he took it into games and he is trying to get that across to the lads. Training is really good and it's going to be good times for Rangers."

Lafferty spent four years at the Gers from 2008 to 2012 and says deciding to leave Edinburgh to move west 'wasn't difficult at all'.

"No disrespect to Hearts," he continued. "I loved my time there and will have friends from there for a long time, and I wouldn't have changed anything, but when you support a team and they come calling it is difficult to turn that down.

"I'll give 110% for the jersey every single time because I know what it means to me, my family and the fans. Once you give that you are halfway there and the goals will come."

The 30-year-old is also delighted to be reunited with his Northern Ireland comrade Gareth McAuley at Ibrox.

"When I heard he was coming I texted him to say, 'Please tell me it's true' because I know what type of player he is," Lafferty told the Cool FM show.

"He is an experienced player and he scores goals. I think the Scottish League will be perfect for him.

"I think he will play games and score goals for Rangers. He is a Rangers fan and he is another player the gaffer has brought in and he knows what it means to himself, his family and the fans to put on the blue jersey."

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic won the first Old Firm battle of the campaign. The Hoops dominated the derby, winning 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from man of the match Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic moved back into second place in the Scottish Premiership, and maintained their recent dominance of Scottish football's showpiece fixture as Gerrard's 12-match unbeaten run came to an end.

"It will be tough," added Lafferty. "Celtic have been champions for many years but we now have a squad that can compete.

"Sunday was a disappointing result but, with travelling (to Russia in the Europa League play-off) and playing 38 minutes with nine men, it was tough. There is going to be no excuses for the performance we've put in. Celtic were probably the better team on the day but we are on a good road now and a good path, and we're going to kick on and we'll be much closer to Celtic, and everyone in the Rangers dressing room believes that we'll get 55 and this will be the year we'll win the league, and we'll just keep on working hard in the training ground.

"Obviously we have the Europa League as well so the games will come thick and fast, and it's a good place to be and I couldn't be happier to be a Rangers player."

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