Ally McCoist shocked 51-year-old manager didn't get the Rangers job instead of Michael Beale
After guiding Rangers to a Europa League final last season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked last week.
Rangers had failed to rediscover that form this season.
Van Bronckhorst couldn’t stop Rangers crashing out of the Champions League, and they’re already nine points behind Celtic in the league.
Gerrard guided Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in nine years and completed an unbeaten season.
Beale was a big part of Rangers’ success, and the club will hope he can replicate that on his own.
The 42-year-old has left QPR after less than six months in charge, and rejecting a move to Wolves.
He’s got a real job on his hands to catch up to Celtic this season, and McCoist is surprised the club didn’t go for someone more experienced.
Beale has returned to Rangers
He name-checked a former Premier League gaffer that he thought Rangers might have gone for instead.
“The job, I thought they might have gone with more experience,” McCoist said.
“I thought they might have gone for Sean Dyche or someone like that.
“But, obviously Michael’s coached the players under Steven’s managership has gone a long way.
“The board have obviously thought that he knows the players well, I get that also.
“There’s an element that he’s got to be judged against Celtic, that’s the bottom line.”
McCoist has already admitted he was surprised Beale was the man Rangers decided to hire after he returned to the club.
Although Dyche was officially linked with the role, the recently sacked Ralph Hassenhuttl was another name in the mix for the job.
Dyche has been out of work since being sacked by Burnley last season.
The decision didn’t save the club from being relegated from the Premier League.
However, he did keep them in England’s top-flight for six seasons, although there were always question marks about his style of play.
Beale’s familiarity with the club should help him get settled in at the club.
It’s a huge job to take on with such little managerial experience.
It could end up being a masterstroke or a disaster for Rangers.