As quoted by The Daily Record, Luis Garcia has tipped Steven Gerrard to bring success back to Ibrox.

The former Spanish international enjoyed some of the best years of his career alongside Gerrard at Anfield.

Garcia and Gerrard celebrate a goal at Anfield in 2004. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

2005 in particular, was a special season. Under Rafa Benitez, Liverpool won the Champions League courtesy of that famous comeback in Istanbul, before lifting the UEFA Super Cup.

Garcia claims that even back then, it was clear Gerrard would become a top manager.

“I think Stevie has done fantastically well so far,” said Garcia, as quoted by the Daily Record. “It is not easy to go from working at the academy at Liverpool to manage a big club like Rangers. It was a massive step and to do what he has done already is very impressive.”

 

“I knew when I was playing with him that he would go on to become a fantastic coach because he was already managing inside the dressing room when he was a player at Liverpool. He was an amazing player on the pitch for us but was also very important off it.

“He will be very strong in everything he does because he has that type of character and I believe in the next few years he will become a great manager at Rangers. He has so much determination to succeed.”

Gerrard has handled himself impressively so far and will be looking to kick on in 2019/20 (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Verdict

The vast majority of Gerrard’s ex-teammates speak glowingly of the now Rangers manager. Therefore, Garcia’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The boss enjoyed a solid start to life at Ibrox over 2018/19. It didn’t all go according to plan, but the club finished a place higher than last season, secured more points, broke the Old Firm hodoo and did well in Europe.

Next season could be a defining one, though. Silverware must return to Ibrox sooner rather than later, and Garcia, as well as the vast majority of Rangers fans, will be backing Stevie G to deliver.

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