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SUTTON’S SIDESWIPE AT GERRARD

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CHRIS SUTTON insists Steven Gerrard has NOT been a success in his two years as manager of Rangers.

The former Celtic striker reckons the belief the Liverpool legend is doing a good job at Ibrox “couldn’t be further from the truth”.

Gerrard has failed to win a trophy since taking charge at the Govan outfit in the summer of 2018 and is now tasked with preventing the Hoops from winning a historic tenth successive championship.

The spotlight is now on the Govan gaffer to produce after spending big cash in bringing in the likes of Ryan Kent, £7million from his old Anfield club, and Swedish central defender Filip Helander, a £3.5million purchase from Srei A side Bologna.

Blunt-speaking Sutton, now a media pundit, told BBC Sport Live: “There’s a perception down south that Steven Gerrard has done a good job at Rangers.

“As far as I’m concerned, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Now’s the time to prove himself. He hasn’t won anything in the last two seasons.

“Neil Lennon is on record as saying if he was Celtic manager and hadn’t won anything for two seasons, he wouldn’t have kept his job.

“I’ve read comments this week he (Gerrard) wants to bring more players in… he’s signed nearly THIRTY players!

“He’s been backed. The big question over the last couple of seasons has been do Rangers keep finding money for him to bring players in?

“So, he can’t complain about that, he’s had long enough now.

“The issue for Rangers over the last couple of seasons has been quite simple. It’s not been the start of the season, it’s been after the New Year, they’ve just fallen away.

“I didn’t see it happening last season. They were dominant at Celtic Park. Whatever happened in Dubai, who knows?

“They came back a totally different team and fell away unbelievably. Their form was poor, Morelos looked heavy and didn’t look quite at it.

“That was their issue. They’ve only got themselves to blame. They were in a brilliant, brilliant position.

“They just haven’t been consistent enough and that’s the question again this season. Can they show the consistency over the whole season and they haven’t done that.

“That’s why you have to make Celtic favourites. Having said that, I still think Celtic have to do one or two pieces of business in the transfer market.”

Gerrard may have faltered on the domestic front, but his stock is high across the border after leading Gers into the Europa League group stages and beyond, with a last 16 second leg clash against Bayer Leverkusen to be played next week.

However, with the Scots trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Glasgow in March before the lockdown, is will be a major upset if they can turn things around.

Rangers launch the new Premiership campaign against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday with a 12.30pm kick-off.

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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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