Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas thinks the pressure will “really be on” next season for Steven Gerrard as it looks as though the Gers boss will end his first season at Ibrox trophyless.

Gerrard’s arrival brought with it a huge amount of positivity from Gers fans but recent results haven’t been up to scratch.

LONDON - JANUARY 02: Leicester City goalkeeper Robert Douglas in action during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park on January 2, 2006 in London.

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The Scottish Cup defeat to Aberdeen on Tuesday effectively killed off the Gers trophy ambitions this season but Douglas admits that the Gers boss has been “learning” on the job.

“Gerrard’s team does seem stronger this season but if you are one of the top clubs in Scotland, then you have to win trophies,” Douglas told The Courier.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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“After all the hype over his initial appointment, it has been a bit mixed so far for the Liverpool legend and this has probably been his learning season.

“He certainly had enough match experience as a player but he is still learning the ropes as a manager both on and off the pitch.

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“But the pressure will really be on him next year in all honesty.”

With Celtic hoping to win an unprecedented triple treble this season and secure their eighth title in a row, the Gers can’t afford to continue much longer without silverware.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Stopping Celtic reaching a tenth successive league is imperative and the closer they get the more pressure Gerrard will face.

He’s dealt with plenty as a player but the Liverpool icon has barely scratched the surface as a manager.