German managerial icon says Rangers are closing in on Celtic
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Klopp insists the Old Firm gap is closing

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Rangers are catching up on Celtic.

The German managerial master is in fashion these days. His side reached the Champions League final last year, and has moulded an energetic squad together on Merseyside.

Yet, he took time out of his busy schedule to watch the Old Firm game last Sunday. Klopp was impressed with what he saw from Rangers and hailed Steven Gerrard’s impact.

Jurgen Klopp reached the Champions League final last season (Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

The German heaped praise on the Liverpool legend for progressing in the Europa League also.

Speaking to the press after a charity game at Celtic Park, Klopp took time out to praise Rangers’ start to the season.

He (Gerrard) made a brilliant start at Ibrox – then he lost against Celtic. Wow, what a surprise! Celtic are the top team in the league but it’s not like they were 50 or 60 per cent better than Rangers – like they have been in the last few years. Rangers are getting closer and that’s the only way to get them one day. That’s Steven’s job but so far it’s more than good. Rangers were brilliant in Europe.

Shot in the arm

The comments are a big shot in the arm, considering they’re coming from one of the best managers in the world. Rangers fans certainly don’t need convinced they’re on the right path, but this is terrific for morale regardless.

Supporters weren’t pleased with the performance against Celtic in the Old Firm derby. That’s maybe the one area of Klopp’s message to the club that supporters will disagree with.

The Gers sat back and allowed Celtic to control the match too easily. But Rangers certainly weren’t the embarrassment they had been in recent years against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Ovie Ejaria is one of two on-loan Liverpool players at Ibrox (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There’s also certainly a close relationship between Gerrard and Klopp. Bringing in Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria on loan from the Anfield side shows that.

The German seems extremely keen to see the Rangers manager do well. This could see the Ibrox side reap some real rewards from Liverpool going forward in terms of snatching their best talent on loan.

Kent and Ejaria could be just the start of a terrific relationship between the two clubs. Regardless, it’s clear that Klopp is mightily impressed with the start Gerrard has made in Glasgow.

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