Former Rangers director of football Mark Allen has opened up on how the Gers lured Steven Gerrard away from his role with Liverpool – and thinks the chance to restore the Gers to their rightful place at the top of Scottish football was the “perfect challenge” for the Anfield icon.
Allen had seen the change in Liverpool’s youth sides after Gerrard took over their under-18s side, and after moving from Man City to Ibrox, he felt he could be the right man to help lead Rangers back to the top.
“I’d got to see Steven at Liverpool,” Allen said [Scottish Sun].
“What I noted was a marked change from when we played Liverpool at home before Steven’s appointment to playing them away after it.
“It was two different Liverpool teams in terms of application, desire and intensity. Basically, it was Steven Gerrard.
“I knew then that he’d have that effect on players.
“It was always at the back of my mind. That he could bring that to the table.
“I knew from sitting with him, talking to him at his home, that if we built the right team on and off the pitch, we’d be successful.
“There was a meeting of minds to try and articulate where we wanted to go.
“Steven is always someone who’s risen to challenges. I think we presented him with the perfect challenge when we said, ‘Come on, what do you think of this?’”
Gerrard is now on the brink of bringing silverware back to Ibrox for the first time and the long wait could finally be over as soon as Sunday if results go Rangers’ way.
When it does happen, hopefully Gerrard views taking the Gers into the Champions League as the ‘perfect’ challenge for him next season.
Another former Rangers striker received rave reviews over the weekend for an all-action display in his first start for his new club following a surprise return to Scottish football.