Chris Sutton has predicted that Steven Gerrard will no longer be the Rangers manager next season if he doesn’t win the title this season.
Pundit Sutton believes that both Gerrard and Celtic manager Neil Lennon will struggle to keep their positions if they fall short in the title race.
Rangers appear to be mounting a genuine title bid this campaign, as they look to topple their Old Firm rivals and end Celtic’s recent dominance in Scottish football.
They are locked together at the top of the Scottish Premiership with 25 points each from the opening 10 league fixtures and reigning champions Celtic lead the way only on goal difference.
Rangers travel to Ross County on Wednesday night for their next league fixture and will be looking to keep up a decent start.
Gerrard has made big improvements at Ibrox since he took charge in 2018, but was unable to win silverware during his first season in charge last year.
The Light Blues are now competing against top opponents in the Europa League group stages and have bridged the gap to Celtic.
“The truth is a lot of Rangers fans think their team have cracked it this season. If they don’t win something this season, the chances are they will implode because everything has been building so well,” Sutton told the Daily Record.
“Gerrard coming north is a big deal for the profile of Scottish football. It’s risen but ultimately he needs to win something. That’s the pressure of managing Celtic and Rangers.
“If I’m honest, the team that finishes second in the league… I don’t see their manager lasting to next season. It’s that big.”
Gerrard penned a four-year deal when he took the job with Rangers and it would be a surprise to see him leave halfway through that at the end of the season.
He appears to be thriving in the role at Ibrox and it’s easy to forget he’s enjoying a first role in senior management.
There is clear to see the improvements he’s made on the pitch and they are heading in the right direction, which ultimately has to be the biggest positive.
They will push everything they have to try win some form of silverware this campaign and have a group capable, but Gerrard should have no fears about his immediate future.