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Steven Gerrard's appointment as Rangers boss is a big boost for all of us in Scottish football: Robinson

By Steven Beacom

Steven Gerrard's arrival as Rangers manager will be a massive boost for Scottish football, according to Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.

The former Northern Ireland coach is relishing the prospect of going toe-to-toe with the Liverpool legend next season and is intrigued to see how Gerrard adapts to his first job in senior team management.

Robinson adds that the level of scrutiny the ex-England skipper will be under in Glasgow will be intense.

"Steven's profile as a player was huge. It was worldwide and him becoming manager at Ibrox will attract a lot of attention," says Robinson.

"There's no doubt that, being in charge of Rangers, Steven will be the subject of much focus.

"Being up against Celtic and Rangers and playing big games against them, I have experienced some of the scrutiny.

"It can be good for the profile of the club but the levels of scrutiny at first can also be surprising. I'm sure being a manager of Rangers or Celtic the scrutiny is intense.

"It is an appointment that has captured a lot of imagination, not just in Scotland but around the world.

"What it has done already, even before Steven has officially started in the job, is that it has added to the profile of the Scottish game which is fantastic."

Gerrard will join a host of well known faces in Scottish Premiership dug-outs including his old Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who has been such a huge success with Celtic, Derek McInnes at Aberdeen, Kilmarnock's Steve Clarke plus, like Robinson, two other ex-Northern Ireland internationals, Neil Lennon at Hibernian and St Johnstone's Tommy Wright.

"You already have some very good and well known managers in Scotland and Steven Gerrard will add to that," said Robinson.

"I'm sure they will all look forward to facing Steven and his team next season. I know I will."

As a player, Robinson has some happy memories of being in opposition to the new Rangers boss.

The Lisburn man was on the bench at Windsor Park in 2005 when David Healy struck the famous winner for Northern Ireland against England who had Gerrard, David Beckham and Frank Lampard in a star-studded midfield.

Four months later, Robinson scored a cracker for Luton in a memorable 5-3 FA Cup defeat at home to Liverpool, captained by Gerrard.

"As a player, Steven Gerrard was world class. He was one of my heroes. I was lucky enough to play against him twice and I got his shirt once," recalled Robinson.

"He achieved some great things at Liverpool and I think everyone is fascinated to see how he will do in his first big managerial role."

Many feel that Gerrard needs to have a complete overhaul of the Rangers squad to have a chance of competing for honours in the future.

Robinson knows all about that process from his time in the Motherwell hotseat.

"When I took over in March last year, we stayed up on the second last game of the season," said the highly respected Fir Park boss.

"There was a huge transformation in the summer with players and coaching staff. Seventeen players came in and out. Thankfully we hit the ground running. The players who bought into what we wanted to do deserve great credit for that."

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