Chris Sutton trashes Steven Gerrard's Rangers record as he hypes Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou
Steven Gerrard “did well” with Rangers but is “nowhere near” the level that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has already reached, according to Chris Sutton.
The Hoops boss recently secured the Scottish Premiership title in his first year, to go with the League Cup from earlier in the season.
Now-Aston Villa manager Gerrard led Gers to their first title in a decade last term in his third year at Ibrox, and ex-Bhoys striker Sutton has duly dismissed the achievement in comparison to that of his former side.
He told the Gegenpod Football Podcast, via the Daily Record: “Steven Gerrard with one trophy out of nine in three seasons and people are saying it’s an incredible turnaround.
“Well, it’s nowhere near to what Ange has done at Celtic in one season.
“Ange has won more trophies in one season than Steven Gerrard in three and Gerrard gets a big job at Aston Villa.
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“I’m sure clubs would look at him (Ange). It’s actually insulting (to suggest he can’t manage in the EPL).
“And as I say – Steven Gerrard did build a Rangers team and did do well, but you can’t compare the two achievements between Postecoglou and Gerrard.
“Yet we’re sitting here questioning whether Postecoglou could manage in the Premier League but of course Steven Gerrard was destined to do that? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Apples and oranges
Nobody would be surprised that Sutton sees the achievements at Parkhead as superior to those at Ibrox, but he isn’t really making a fair comparison.
He has often spoken about how impressive it is that Postecoglou has rejuvenated Celtic in his first season, but the point they needed rejuvenating from was the lowly depths of a single season without winning the title.
Gerrard by contrast completed the rebuilding of the Light Blues from the fourth tier and nine seasons without a top-flight crown.
The former Liverpool captain’s record is certainly not flawless, and he should have done better in the domestic cups, but the psychological hump of returning to the top of Scottish football after so long made it a completely different achievement to that of the Hoops’ Australian boss.
It can’t be denied that Postecoglou has done a good job, but it is pointless to claim one is superior to the other when they were working from completely different starting positions.
If Giovanni van Bronckhorst can claim the Europa League trophy then comparisons between either side of Glasgow will no doubt be thrown about once again.
In other Rangers news, a High Court legal battle is over “with immediate effect” after the club reached a confidential settlement.