Steven Gerrard looks set to take his first steps into management at Rangers.
The Liverpool legend, who has spent this season coaching the club’s Under-18s, revealed this week that he has held “positive talks” with the Scottish outfit, who relieved Graeme Murty of his duties on Tuesday.
Some are underwhelmed by the move, citing Gerrard’s inexperience as a concern for a club who are in desperate need of a return to some normality, while many others believe it can work.
The task for Gerrard is simple. Return Rangers to the days where they would go toe to toe with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.
The Old Firm derby has been tough to watch this season, lacking any of the competitiveness of yesteryear. In five meetings in all competitions this season, Celtic have won four and drawn one, and the aggregate scoreline reads 14-2 to the Bhoys.
So Gerrard has to find a way to take down his former manager, Brendan Rodgers, and bring some glory to Ibrox.
And he’s received some sage advice from another of his former coaches - ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier.
Houllier has told Gerrard to lead with a positivity, because his players will have little choice but to follow if he does.
“He’s got to make sure he has enough money to buy good players, because it’s better to play with good players than bad players,” Houllier told beIN SPORTS, per the Daily Record.
“Be honest, be yourself and never forget that leadership is a transfer of emotions.
“If he’s sad the team will be sad and if he’s upbeat the team would be upbeat. If he believes in himself and in the players they will know that and the team will respond to that.
“All I know is if he takes on Glasgow Rangers he will have more responsibility and it will be better in his development to become a coach.”
If Gerrard is as passionate a manager as he was a player, he should have no problem inspiring his players.
The 37-year-old's leadership qualities were frequently on show during his playing days at Anfield and if he can deal with the other responsibilities that come with being a manager, there's every chance Gerrard's spell at Ibrox will be a success.