Steven Gerrard expected to be confirmed as Rangers manager on Friday

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Former Celtic and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has warned Steven Gerrard to be mindful of John Barnes' sour experience of being in charge of one half of the Old Firm.

Rangers are yet to confirm the appointment, which would see Gerrard take over at the end of the season.

"Now, of course, it will take time".

"If he doesn't challenge Celtic straight away it's got nothing to do with his ability".

Steven Gerrard is close to being confirmed as the new Rangers manager, reports have claimed.

Gerrard is the favourite to be appointed as new Gers manager after the club parted ways with Graeme Murty this week.

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However, his former Liverpool team-mate Bellamy reckons Gerrard should bring his boots to Glasgow with him - because he'd still be the best player in Scottish football, even several years after retiring. "I think they're on the verge of something really, really good", he concluded.

'So it's not because Steven is inexperienced, it's not because he's not managed anyone.

"If Gary McAllister goes there - who understands the situation - that could also help if that's a possibility". If he believes in himself and the players, they will know that and they will respond to that.

"I think Rangers being in the top division for three or four years, to get that money and to possibly get into the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, the money can be there in the, hopefully for them, not too distant future".