By George Overhill

21st Apr, 2022 | 4:40pm

Steven Gerrard makes Rangers 'sound like Bootle Utd' to Gary Neville

Steven Gerrard has opened up on the state of Rangers when he arrived in Scotland and made it “sound like Bootle United” according to Gary Neville.

The former England captain took over at Ibrox in 2018 with Gers only back in the Scottish Premiership for two seasons, following financial disaster earlier in the decade.

And despite eventually halting Celtic’s pursuit of 10 titles in a row, he says that so much needed improving in order to do so, which proved a bigger job than he expected.

Speaking to on The Overlap the ex-Gers boss said: “I knew that there was a gap [to Celtic]. Probably realised when I went into the job that the gap was a lot bigger. There was a lot more that needed doing.

“In terms of improving the infrastructure, the facilities, it needed a better medical department, it needed a brand new canteen. It needed a better gym, it needed better football pitches.

“It needed a lot of things doing because if we were going to attract a certain…”

A laughing Neville interjected to point out in reference to the town on Merseyside: “You make it sound like Bootle United.”

Gerrard responded: “Bootle’s a good place yeah… You realise there’s a lot of other things that need doing.”

Growing pains

Since the club had essentially had to re-learn what it was to be a top level outfit following its climb up from the lower leagues this is probably no surprise.

It doesn’t make the Light Blues sound great to a wider audience, but then neither did Brendan Rodgers’ total domination of Scottish football at the same time.

Gerrard knew what the elite level required after an illustrious career with Liverpool and England, and arrived at the right time to bring Gers back to the top.

Plenty of fans were unhappy when he followed up the major achievement of finally winning the title again by leaving for Aston Villa.

It therefore probably won’t cause him to shoot back up in their estimation to be listing how bad everything was as if it was a completely tin pot operation.

But it cannot be denied what an important job he did in his time at Ibrox, and if it took that sort of harsh light to be shined on things then so be it.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been unable to match him in the league this season, but has already surpassed him in Europe, and with just three games between him and Europa League glory he has a big chance to do a lot more.

In other Rangers news, The Athletic has detailed what Calvin Bassey did in the summer that allowed him to still be sprinting on the overlap as he approached 240 minutes in three days.