How France views the Rangers rebirth as they bill Steven Gerrard as...

How France views the Rangers rebirth as they bill Steven Gerrard as the ‘maestro’ needed for ‘the pretty people’

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Rangers are now a club and brand that is once again being spoken about across the Continent.

Their exploits in Europe have seen to that.

Now their good work on the domestic front is seeing them make headlines across the world, too.

Respected outlet France Football has previewed Saturday’s derby and paid special attention to a club on the rise and a man they believe could be a “maestro”, Steven Gerrard.

Charting its ascendancy after the crushing low of financial meltdown, the publication details how Rangers announced itself back on the big stage.

They wrote: “The Glasgow Rangers are finally back on top of Scottish football. A real rebirth for a club that knew the bottom in 2012 after liquidation.

“Financially limited, the leaders of the club were inventive by seeking out players from lower divisions such as James Tavernier who landed in 2015 from Wigan for £250,000 and Alfredo Morelos, recruited from HJK Helsinki in 2017 for £1m. These are now major assets.

“But all these pretty people will have long lacked a maestro capable of matching their talents. From 2016 to 2018, the coaches followed one another after another at the head of a club that was not satisfied with any of them.

James Tavernier

“But in the summer of 2018 that management decided to appoint Steven Gerrard to head the team. A real gamble for the club that relied on a novice among the greats, the legend of Liverpool having only trained the youth teams with the Reds.

“But what followed proved the leaders right. From his first months, the former midfielder allowed the Scottish club to return to the European scene for the first time since 2011. In the league, he finished behind Celtic in 2019 and 2020 but much is now promised.

“This season, the work put in place for a little over two years is now taking shape and Rangers finally seem ready to embrace a Scottish title they miss so much. A victory against their eternal rival this Saturday would give even more flavour to a season which promises to be historic.”



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