Former Rangers defender Gareth McAuley has opened up on working under Steven Gerrard during the Ulsterman’s brief Ibrox stint and was left hugely impressed by the Gers gaffer.
McAuley’s single season at Ibrox brought the curtain down on a fantastic playing career and the former Northern Irish captain believes Gerrard puts a “lot of thought” into everything he does.
Gerrard’s own playing career was up there with the very best and 80-times capped McAuley thinks it helped prepare him for his move into management.
“Steven’s got all the experience in the world from playing and standing on a touchline, he’s got the feel for when he needs to do things,” McAuley told RangersTV.
“The big thing for me is how level-headed he is. He’s very constructive in how he delivers praise, criticism and tactics. A lot of thought goes into everything he does.
“It’s a really modern way of coaching. Gone are the days when people would just shout and bawl at you to get a reaction and Steven is more structured than that.
“Working under him with Michael Beale and Gary McAllister – and seeing how their sessions work – was really interesting for me as someone who wants to coach too.
“It was nice to see that and to help out. I also actually really enjoyed playing in the reserve games with some of the young players, where I tried to do whatever I could to assist them.”
With McAuley now looking to his own career beyond playing, the Northern Irish legend has a wealth of experience working under some hugely talented managers to draw from.
Getting the chance to play for Rangers before hanging up his boots was the ideal way for him to wrap up a playing career that saw him play over 600 club games and leading his country out at a major tournament.