Is Gerrard influencing his Rangers players to imitate him as a player?
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Is Gerrard influencing his Rangers players to imitate him as a player?

Steven Gerrard has generally impressed since walking through the doors at Ibrox at the end of May earlier this year.

The Liverpool legend appears to be doing everything right so far. Everything is measured, everything is calculated, and his preparations for the new season have been largely spot on.

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Results have been good, too; the Gers are unbeaten so far under his tenure, and Thursday night’s return Europe League qualifying game saw the team ship their first goal of the Gerrard era.

There seems to be a new intensity about the team, which is unsurprising given the snippets of Gerrard working with his players in training that have occasionally leaked on social media.

There appears to be a great emphasis from Gerrard the coach on doing the nasty stuff. Raising fitness, covering ground, standing up to be counted.

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It could be that Gerrard is subtly trying to influence his players to covet the same traits that allowed him to flourish as a player and a leader.

Following the game with Osijek last night, full-back James Tavernier said: “The gaffer spoke about taking the second-half from Wigan into that game and I felt first and second-half this time we took it to them, got in their faces and they turned the ball over to us.”

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Getting in people’s faces was something Gerrard did better than most as a player.

That aggression he possessed as a midfield general has followed him into management and is evidently now coursing through this Rangers side, who look hungry and determined.