By Ray Livingstone

10th Oct, 2019 | 12:59pm

'Just around the corner' – Xabi Alonso makes big Rangers claim

Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso has predicted that silverware is “just around the corner” for Rangers.

Alonso, who won the World Cup with Spain and the Champions League twice (with Real and Liverpool), said that Steven Gerrard is a “winner” and that he’d be the man responsible for bringing back the good times to Ibrox.

Talking to the Daily Record, Alonso said, “He was such a humble guy, such a friendly guy, you could rely on him on and off the pitch – and the Rangers players are fortunate to have that.

“He is interested in making the people he works with better players and if they want to improve there is nobody better to learn from.

“I am sure trophies are just around the corner for Rangers now Stevie is there. I am sure he is going to achieve special things at Rangers.

“Stevie was not a normal player and he will not be a normal coach. He is a winner and will be a winner as a coach.”

Alonso also predicted that Gerrard would take over as Liverpool manager from Jurgen Klopp when the German moved on.

Gerrard has turned Rangers into a squad that finally looks capable of matching Celtic at the top of the table.

Their odds of winning the Premiership were slashed after the latest round of league matches, with Celtic losing 2-0 to Livingston (after dropping two points to Hibs the week before) and Rangers thumping Hamilton 5-0.

Those results saw Rangers move to the top of the table after defeat to Celtic at Ibrox had given Neil Lennon’s side clear light at the top as they eye nine-in-a-row.

Rangers are now as short as 6/5 to win the league – the shortest the odds have been on the title coming back to Ibrox since December 2011.

They are also through to the league cup semi-final, where they play Hearts in November.

Celtic are still marginal favourites but momentum is with the blue side of Glasgow at the moment.

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