Ex-Celtic man Massimo Donati makes odd Rangers admission

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Celtic man Massimo Donati hopes Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers improve under Steven Gerrard in the Scottish Premiership.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Celtic ace Massimo Donati has told The Sunday Post that he hopes the Hoops' Old Firm rivals Rangers are taken to the next level by new manager Steven Gerrard.

These are exciting times at Ibrox after the Gers hired the iconic midfielder on a four-year deal in May.

It is hoped that Gerrard can restore an element of competitveness to Scottish football after Celtic won back-to-back domestic trebles under Brendan Rodgers since 2016.

Rangers have made six summer signings under the former Liverpool midfielder, who is reportedly on the brink of wrapping up loan deals for Umar Sadiq and Lassana Coulibaly soon [The Daily Mail].

And the former Italian midfielder, who spent two years at Celtic until 2009, has risked upsetting fans of the Parkhead club by admitting that he hopes the Ibrox side improve under the 38-year-old.

He told The Sunday Post: "Gerrard is a great name. As a player he made so much history with Liverpool and England.

“Now he is at Rangers and, even speaking as a Celtic fan, I hope they can come up a level under his management."

Donati, who joined the Bhoys for £2 million in 2007 [The Sunday Post], might lose a bit of respect from Celtic supporters after making such an admission.

But from a neutral perspective, it would certainly be exciting to see Gerrard take Rangers a lot closer to Rodgers's side than Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty were able to in recent years.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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