By Mark Smith

18th Dec, 2019 | 5:38pm

'Great name' - Riise heaps praise on Rangers man who has done 'exceptionally well'

There is no hiding the fact that Steven Gerrard has brought back the good times at Rangers since taking over at Ibrox.

That hasn’t resulted in silverware as of yet, but the Light Blues have cut the gap to Celtic considerably. In the recent Betfred Cup final, Rangers should have lifted the trophy, but their lack of finishing touch prevented them from doing so in the 1-0 defeat.

Gerrard will have taken the positives though, and another win against Motherwell on Sunday kept them within a single win of their fierce rivals.

Gerrard’s former teammate John Arne Riise has commented on the Gers’ success this season and has pinpointed where that has come from.

“Being a great player like he was doesn’t mean you are necessarily going to be a great manager but he’s learning and has great people around him,” he told the Daily Record.

“He’s a great name and Rangers is a great club for him to go to. I know the pressure he’s under because of who he is and when you go to Scotland it’s Celtic and Rangers fighting for the title every year.

“He’s done exceptionally well and I hope he wins the title this year. It’s always going to be hard but I know what he wants from his players and what he expects when it comes to professionalism in training and in matches.”

Arne Riise is spot on, Gerrard is still learning despite doing brilliantly. Rangers fans will be excited over what he could achieve at Ibrox when he hits his full potential in Scotland.

When the former Reds star does reach that, the silverware will surely start flowing in Glasgow for the Gers.

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