Former Rangers star and current Kilmarnock player Kris Boyd has claimed Rangers are a different animal under Steven Gerrard.
Boyd will face his old club on Sunday in the second round of the Betfred Cup. The former Rangers spent five years at Ibrox stretching over two spells.
34-year-old Boyd became the all-time top scorer in the Scottish Premiership during his time in Govan. He also bagged three goals against Rangers last season in a mini-renaissance under Steve Clarke.
However, the former Ibrox hitman, speaking to the Daily Record, had nothing but praise for the job Gerrard has done in his early days as Rangers manager.
They seemed to have turned a corner. Under Steven Gerrard they are a different animal to what they have been in the last couple of years. You can see there is a grit and determination, and organisation there. They want to win games of football and they will go to any lengths to do it, which is important
Boyd was one of the fiercest critics of the Ibrox club over the last couple of years. Clearly wanting to see his old side do well once more, Boyd was highly critical of the job Pedro Caixinha and Mark Warburton before him done in Glasgow.
The former Rangers goal-machine will be desperate to put a road block in place when Gerrard’s men visit Ayrshire on Sunday. However, Rangers’ defence seemed to have shored up massively since the last campaign.
Boyd has noticed this, and believes there are similarities to how both Gerrard and Steve Clark set up.
Sometimes when you go to a new club you want to implement your style. But the one thing Steven Gerrard has done is see Rangers were struggling defensively and he’s organised that. It’s a bit similar to us last year. They are organised at the back, they are hard to break down, an if you are solid then you can win games of football.
Rangers still have an important clash at Maribor to overcome in the Europa League on Thursday night.