Keith Jackson has warned Steven Gerrard that he is in danger of presiding over the ‘March from hell’.
Four months on from a glorious derby day success and securing the earth shattering signings of Steve Davis and Jermain Defoe the rookie boss is in danger of having his reputation utterly trashed.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock was entirely predictable to make it four matches without a win before heading across the city hoping to stop Celtic from going 13 points clear in the title ‘race’ with seven matches left to play.
Gerrard is looking more and more like a broken man with each passing match as he suffers the repercussions of buying into the hype that has supporters believing that Ryan Jack, Andy Halliday and Joe Worrall were about to stop Celtic in their tracks.
This morning in Larkhall, Kilwinning and Bearsden reality is slowly seeping into the people with their nightmare unfolding with Neil Lennon in charge across the city.
Last week Jackson warned about the straining of the relationship between Gerrard and Dave King, today the focus is on the rookie boss who will be held accountable in two weeks time if another league flag is on it’s way to Celtic Park.
In the Record Jackson warns:
For the Rangers boss, what had been shaping up as a reasonably respectable first season is now threatening to become a rather ruinous one where his fledgling managerial reputation is concerned.
When the season came to a stand still at the end of December Gerrard’s stock was soaring with his team level on points with Celtic at the top having just turned them over emphatically at Ibrox. But 2019 has been a bit of a write-off.
It began with three points dropped at Killie and is now culminating in a March from hell which has seen another four points frittered away along with the chance of some much-needed Scottish Cup redemption.
So, yes, these are dangerous times indeed for Gerrard who seems a little lost for answers as his debut season unravels before his eyes.
The truth is Rangers have improved under his management but given the shambolic state this team was in a year ago that’s not exactly a feather in his hat.
He must find a way of bringing his team with him too because right now, rather than inspiring his players, he looks as if he may be intimidating some of them.
After all the time he has spent at the top end of the game he should know once the connection between a manager and his team breaks down it is difficult if to repair. Sometimes impossibly so.
Gerrard will find out early this week whether Alfredo Morelos is to be cited by the SFA for an incident involving Kirk Broadfoot as the half time whistle blew against Kilmarnock.
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— Joe McHugh (@videocelts) March 17, 2019