Ex-Celtic striker, Chris Sutton, believes the perception in England that Steven Gerrard has done a ‘good job’ at Rangers is ‘further from the truth’, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Former Rangers man, Charlie Adam, was in the discussion when Sutton made his comments, as he believes that Celtic boss Neil Lennon ‘wouldn’t have kept his job’ if he didn’t win the treble last term.
The Scottish Premiership resumes at the weekend and Celtic will be hoping to win a historic and potentially memorable ten-in-a-row.
Sutton shared some strong views on how Gerrard is perceived in his home country, as Adam also issued his response.
“There is this perception down south that Steven Gerrard has done a good job at Rangers,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live. “And as far as I could be concerned that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Now is the time to prove himself. He hasn’t won anything in the last two seasons. If I think Neil Lennon is on record saying if he was the Celtic manager and hadn’t won anything in two seasons, he wouldn’t have kept his job.”
Adam responded: “He probably wouldn’t have kept his job if he didn’t win that treble, Neil Lennon. That’s how he thinks. He goes and wins the treble and sets the marker.
“Every year you don’t win a trophy, especially at Rangers and Celtic, the pressure hypes. It is tough and this is the biggest challenge for Steven in his managerial career so far. No matter how good they have been in European nights. What they have done in Old Firm games. It’s about now.”
During his time at Ibrox, Gerrard has had the funds to spend and bring in his own players, but at this moment in time, it hasn’t resulted in any trophies.
Whilst Rangers’ performances against Celtic improved during the last campaign, their form dipped, once again, when it mattered most.
There is always massive pressure on the Old Firm duo when a new season begins, but it just seems that the heat might be cranked up this season to levels it hasn’t reached for a very long time because of what is on the line.