Ross County new boy Connor Randall will come across some familiar faces when his side take on Rangers this season after working with the Gers management team during his time at Liverpool – and he has hailed Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard as the best player he ever trained alongside.
Randall joined the Staggies last week from Arda Kardzhali in Bulgaria and worked closely with Michael Beale at Liverpool, where he was coached by Beale at under-21 level.
The 24-year-old also worked with future Gers staff Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom as he worked his way through the ranks at Anfield.
“Gerrard coming up here to manage Rangers has put the league in the spotlight,” Randall said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“When I was younger I trained a few times with him. He trained with us when he came back from LA Galaxy and he was the best player I’ve ever trained with. He’s gone into management now at Rangers and it will be good to come up against him and a lot of the staff who were academy staff at Liverpool.
“Beale was my under-21 coach. He is a fantastic coach and I learned a lot from him. I know Culshaw who was in the academy for years and the fitness coach Milsom was at Melwood.
“I know them all well, they’re all great people to have worked under so it will be nice to cross paths with them.”
Randall will team up with on-loan Ibrox midfielder Stevie Kelly in Dingwall after Randall’s return to Scottish football following a stint with Hearts in 2017/18.
It’s no surprise that Gerrard was the best player Randall has trained with – even after his disappointing spell with LA Galaxy.