Former Celtic star Craig Beattie thinks that Steven Gerrard has to deliver the title this season or he’ll “do well to survive” as Rangers manager.
The Gers boss has added a host of new faces to his squad, spending in excess of £11million this summer and Beattie think that the pressure is now on the Ibrox boss.
The boyhood Gers fan admits that Gerrard’s “not daft” and will understand the expectations but admits there is “heaps of pressure” on the Liverpool icon to come up with the goods.
“I think Steven Gerrard knows when the board have backed him, then with those kinds of signings he has to deliver the title or he will be ‘see you later, Steven and we will go and try something else’,” Beattie told Radio Clyde’s Superscoreboard.
“There’s heaps of pressure. But Steven Gerrard’s not daft.
“With the backing he has had, he knows if he doesn’t win the title he will do well to survive in his job.”
The Gers have made a solid start to the season – despite Sunday’s Old Firm defeat to Celtic – and are in a stronger position than 12 months ago to properly challenge.
After losing to Celtic last weekend however, the Gers can’t afford another early slip-up if they are to end their long wait for a title triumph.
If Gerrard doesn’t deliver, it’s difficult to say outright that he should be sacked – it would be harsh if sacking him were Rangers to lose out on goal difference for example – but if there is a considerable gap come May then it would be the likely outcome.