Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been described as “inspirational” by Micah Richards for steering the Ibrox side to within touching distance of the Scottish Premiership title.
The Gers appointed Gerrard in May 2018 and has done a superb job in putting together a high-quality team able to challenge for silverware.
Gerrard has had to bide his time, with the 2019-20 season proving frustrating as Rangers were in title contention by the winter break, only to fall away.
This season, however, the Light Blues have been relentless, winning 27 and drawing four of their 31 Premiership games to go 18 points clear at the summit.
A win for Rangers against St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday, coupled with Celtic failing to beat Dundee United on Sunday, would see the Ibrox side win the league before they travel to Parkhead on March 21.
And Gerrard’s heroics have seen Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards name him as his Man of the Week in his Daily Mail column.
“Steven Gerrard — what a guy! He is within touching distance of winning the Scottish Premiership,” wrote Richards.
“I have tried to think of the right word to describe his achievement with Rangers and the one I landed on was ‘inspirational’.
“Celtic are having a difficult season but they are still a good side. They haven’t been able to live with Rangers, though, and that is down to Gerrard’s outstanding work.
“Am I surprised he is becoming a top manager? No way. He is personable, commands respect and knows the game inside out.
“Gerrard has all the tools to get to wherever he wants. Good luck to him — I’m delighted for him.”
Gerrard’s efforts as Rangers manager have echoed those of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who went several years without a trophy but was given the time to put together a superb team that went on to conquer Europe, England and then the world.
Rangers have been a juggernaut this season and they’re now on the brink of title number 55 – hopefully they’ll go far in the Europa League too.