STEVEN GERRARD is facing the boot at Rangers – if he doesn’t win a trophy.

Former Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan, now a BT Sports pundit, insists the Liverpool legend will not see out another season at Ibrox unless he turns things around.

Gerrard was heading for his second consecutive barren campaign when the game went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Govan outfit lost 1-0 to Celtic in the Betfred League Cup Final, were knocked out of the Scottish by the same scoreline by Hearts at Tynecastle and were trailing the Parkhead side by 13 points before the premature halt in mid-March.

Craigan said: “In the week when all eyes were focused on Rangers and the SPFL, what slipped past relatively quietly was manager Steven Gerrard celebrating his second anniversary in charge at Ibrox.

“The two full-time incumbents before Gerrard, Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha, also failed to deliver a major trophy and were shown the door.

“So, why is Gerrard being treated differently?

“His reputation as a player and inner confidence helped unite a disjointed club. On the pitch, it’s fair to say Gerrard’s Rangers have shown more potential than previous sides with his two European campaigns, in particular, bringing a lot of satisfaction to the supporters.

“They’ve had some terrific performances and results against top teams, but long-term that alone won’t be enough to pacify the success-starved fans.

“There’s no doubt the lack of a trophy is the stand-out failure and it will be eating away at Gerrard.

“And the fact they’ve only managed one Cup Final appearance in four attempts is a disappointing statistic for him, too.

“This extended lockdown may have shifted the focus away from the manager and his lack of trophies, but it certainly doesn’t remove the pressure he will be under when football resumes.”

Craigan added: “So, what does the future hold?

“Gerrard will be aware that if he can’t get the trophy cabinet stocked up again then a third anniversary will be unlikely.

“At Ibrox, winning is a necessity. The fans must hope that during this time their manager will be plotting the road back to success. Let’s wait and see if that is the case.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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