Rangers' number two Gary McAllister has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he was initially shocked to learn about Steven Gerrard's appointment at Ibrox, and revealed that he is "grateful" to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers for previously giving him a job.
The Gers raised eyebrows in British football last month by hiring Gerrard on a four-year deal, in spite of the fact the former Liverpool youth coach had never managed a senior team before.
Upon taking the role, the new Rangers manager hired McAllister, who had previously been hired by Celtic's Rodgers during his stint in charge of Liverpool.
The legendary Scot only worked with the Northern Irishman for a few months prior to Rodgers's sacking back in 2015, but McAllister has stressed his gratitude for the Hoops chief and believes the Ibrox club's decision to sign Gerrard was a "no-brainer".
He told The Scottish Sun: "The facts are I know Brendan and three or four of his staff at Celtic who he had at Liverpool too. I know their methods. They leave very little to chance. They are very well prepared.
"Of course I’m grateful to Brendan Rodgers for the opportunity. There are moments in your footballing life, even beyond playing, that when certain clubs come knocking it’s very difficult to say no.
"Liverpool was one, and Rangers is another. There wasn’t much thinking to be done!
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was shocked at first. But once you break it down then I can see the thought process and why you would want to bring someone like Steven Gerrard to your club. It’s a no-brainer.”
The first Old Firm derby of the 2018-19 campaign comes at Parkhead on September 1, and Celtic will be big favourites to leave on early marker on Gerrard's Rangers.