Former Rangers player Trevor Francis has backed Steven Gerrard to become a managerial great during an interview with The Scottish Sun.
The current boss is set to end his maiden campaign in management without a trophy. The Gers are 10 points behind fierce rivals Celtic in the Premiership.
Francis played 18 games for Rangers during the 1987/88 campaign and knows a thing or two about playing under great managers.
The striker was part of Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning Nottingham Forest team, whilst he played under Graeme Souness at Ibrox.
The ex-Gers man believes Gerrard is an inspiration and is backing him for great things.
He told The Scottish Sun: “He has the makings of being a top manager. He deserves a lot of credit for taking the job at Ibrox because that’s not an easy start.
“The thing with Steven is he commands respect. He was a really top player and I don’t say that lightly.
“He has that presence that makes you think, ‘Wow I’d have loved to play under him.’ It’s Steven’s first job and he is doing fine at a huge club”
For someone who had such a career in football to speak so highly of Gerrard speaks volumes of the man.
Francis played under Brian Clough and Souness so knows all about strong personalities.
The Gers boss has work to do next season if he is to break Celtic’s stranglehold on silverware, but there is real hope that he can achieve good things at Ibrox.
Gerrard has spoken openly and honestly during his time with Rangers and having been a born-winner as a player, he will be desperate for success as a manager.
It’s too soon to say whether or not he can emulate the greats of yesteryear but the early signs are certainly positive for Rangers under Gerrard.