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Steven Gerrard is facing the same problem as previous Rangers managers: Nicholl

 

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Ibrox old boy: Jimmy Nicholl

Ibrox old boy: Jimmy Nicholl

Ibrox old boy: Jimmy Nicholl

Jimmy Nicholl believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is now suffering the same problem encountered by his predecessors after initially making a positive impact.

Northern Ireland legend Nicholl felt his old club had turned a corner in their quest for glory when they defeated Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox in December but ahead of Sunday's latest Old Firm league meeting at Parkhead he says that inconsistency is hurting Gerrard.

Asked about Gerrard and where Rangers are now, Nicholl said: "If you just judge him by the performance of his team, some performances have been very good. They got a goalkeeper and a couple of centre-backs in that made things better. A few new players helped.

"I thought they really had turned a corner when they beat Celtic. I thought, 'This is it. Now we're talking!'

"But when that didn't materialise they went back to the same old problem. That same old problem is inconsistency.

"It's the same problem that Graeme Murty had, it's the same problem that Pedro Caixinha had. It boils down to the same thing."

Nicholl knows all about the pressures of life at Rangers. He was a player there, assistant manager and was even in charge of the team for the final three games of last season.

Liverpool legend Gerrard took charge in the summer. There was early season promise with some brilliant performances in Europe and then came that victory over Celtic, which took Rangers level on points at the top of the table with the champions over the winter break.

Since then, as Gerrard admits himself, results have not been up to scratch. They are 10 points adrift of Celtic and out of the Scottish Cup.

Nicholl, first-team coach at St Mirren, had seen it all before in his time working as the No.2 with Graeme Murty and before that when Pedro Caixinha was in the dug-out.

Nicholl added: “At Rangers they are expected to win the league. As good as Celtic are, they are still expected to win the league. If that doesn’t happen then you have to finish second. That’s what he (Gerrard) has to do now.”

Belfast Telegraph