Former Liverpool star John Arne Riise believes that former Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard has done “exceptionally well” at Rangers – and has admitted that he wants the Gers to win the Scottish Premiership this season.

The pair were team-mates at Liverpool for seven years and the Norwegian insists Rangers are a “great club” for Gerrard to take his first steps in management.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07: John Arne Riise laughs before the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England.
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The former left-back admits that Gers face a real fight to lift the title but insists Gerrard’s high expectations will help push Rangers on.

“He’s a great name and Rangers is a great club for him to go to. I know the pressure he’s under because of who he is and when you go to Scotland it’s Celtic and Rangers fighting for the title every year,” Riise told the Daily Record.

“He’s done exceptionally well and I hope he wins the title this year. It’s always going to be hard but I know what he wants from his players and what he expects when it comes to professionalism in training and in matches.

“They look strong at the moment but the key games are against Celtic.”

The Gers could find themselves five points behind Celtic by the end of tonight with Neil Lennon’s side taking on Hearts later today.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 01: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Rangers aren’t in action until Friday when they travel to face Hibs at Easter Road and the Light Blues can’t afford any mistakes.

Keeping as close to Celtic as possible before the Old Firm clash at the end of the month is vital for Gerrard’s side in their title bid.

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