Michael Owen reveals why Steven Gerrard's Rangers move is so important

Steven Gerrard is Unveiled as the New Manager at Rangers

Scottish football will certainly draw a few more viewers in 2018/19.

For years, Celtic have dominated every aspect of the division, with little or no resistance. Rangers' off-field issues didn't help, but Steven Gerrard arriving as manager could change things.

While it's his first gig as a manager, the Liverpool legend is one of the biggest faces in the game.

Chairman Dave King has promised him the funds to match Celtic and given his reputation, players will want to come and play under Gerrard.

The likes of Martin Skrtel and Burnley's Scott Arfield are being touted as potential purchases, players who would undoubtedly improve the current Rangers squad.

And, despite the impact it will have on Scottish football, Gerrard's former teammate Michael Owen has been quick to point out something else big about the hire.

Owen wrote in his Daily Mail column: "And now that Rangers have given Steven a chance and he has taken the leap, I'm hoping that more might follow. I'm pretty sure Frank Lampard would be keen to and that Rio Ferdinand would be interested.

"Football is a fashionable business and if this appointment works out, you can see the pendulum swinging back to recruiting big-name English players. And if that is the case, and more can prove themselves, then that can only be good for English football in building up a pool of coaching talent.

Steven Gerrard is Unveiled as the New Manager at Rangers

"I understand the need to prove yourself as a coach as opposed to relying on your reputation as a player. And you can't help but respect the careers of modest players, such as Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp, who became great managers.

"Or someone like Jose Mourinho, who barely played at all. But the counterpoint to that is the success of Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola. There is no single path to being a top manager."

It's an important point made by Owen.

Steven Gerrard is Unveiled as the New Manager at Rangers

Breaking into the management game is tough even for legendary players, so hopefully Gerrard's new gig will assist the likes of Lampard and Ferdinand.

For too long, the likes of Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce have held dominance over a lot of managerial gigs in the country, regardless of success in Pardew's case.

Now, times could be changing, with bottom-half Premier League clubs hopefully considering offering a job to a face similar to Gerrard.

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