Rangers have seen the benefit as they near the finish line in this season’s title race
Steven Gerrard looks set to end Celtic’s dreams of 10-in-a-row this season, and it’s emerged that a Celtic legend played a role in bringing him to Ibrox.
Over 17 seasons in the Liverpool first team Gerrard won nine trophies and became a Liverpool legend, and Dave King has revealed that fellow Anfield great Sir Kenny Dalglish urged him to take a punt on the former midfielder.
Gerrard duly arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2018, and now stands on the verge of his first trophy as Rangers lead Celtic in the Scottish Premiership by 21 points with just 10 games left to play.
Speaking on the Rangers Connection podcast, the former Ibrox chairman has reflected on his first meeting with Gerrard and the conversation he had with Dalglish before making his managerial appointment.
He said: “I talk about the randomness of life and what you do with it. Steven came to a Rangers-Celtic game at Ibrox (the 3-2 defeat in March 2018) when he was youth manager at Liverpool.
“We’d dominated, but lost out to Brendan Rodgers’ team.
“I went over to him and asked him what he felt and he gave me some thoughts about players and so on.
“I asked him if he was missing football and he told me he did miss the dressing room on a Saturday.
“I also asked him if he had thoughts about going into management and he said he was just waiting for the right opportunity.
“I said, ‘Maybe we’ll give you a buzz one day’ and we left it at that. I never thought about it again for a few days. But, of course, we were looking for a new manager.
“We’d had a lot of experienced applicants, but not someone I felt was right to get us started again.
“So I told (former director of football) Mark Allen the Steven Gerrard story. It was as casual as that and then we started exploring it before speaking to Liverpool.
“I spoke to Kenny Dalglish and he said we needed experience. He felt Rangers were still trying to dig themselves out of a hole.
“But he said if you want to be bold and you want to go with someone who doesn’t have experience then I would back Steven 100 per cent.
“I asked Kenny if I could come over for Liverpool’s Champions League game with Roma so I could meet Steven.
“We had a good meeting and I explained what we wanted and he talked about what he would want. It was a very good discussion.
“So it was a bold decision, but he had so many attributes, including media savviness, which is so important in Glasgow.
“As I’m sitting right now, I’m delighted how things have worked out.”