Steven Gerrard faced a tough task when he moved to Rangers. We had been underperforming, and he was charged with turning us back into title contenders.
So far, he’s made a pretty good start at that, but his hard work began before the season started back in the summer transfer window.
During the summer, he brought in a handful of players. One acquisition that certainly raised a few eyebrows was Gareth McAuley. The then-38-year-old defender left West Brom and eventually moved to Rangers, and it was a surprise.
After all, he’s hardly been spectacular as of late, whilst most players his age would have already retired by the time he moved to Ibrox.
However, just a few short months into the season, and the decision to bring McAuley, who is now 39-years-old, to Rangers is proving to be a bit of a stroke of genius for Steven Gerrard.
He’s enjoyed a fantastic start to life at his new club, and whilst he hasn’t been a regular, he has made 3 appearances in the league, alongside a couple of other showings.
Though he doesn’t have the mobility and agility that he once had, that doesn’t mean that he isn’t useful. Indeed, he’s maintained his fantastic aerial presence, and he’s been very effective from the bench as an extra option for Steven Gerrard.
Strong and powerful, he’s settled right into the Scottish top flight. He may not be an option for the next few seasons, but for the present, he’s ideal for the club.
His off the field influence is huge, too, and that’s likely to be a key reason why Gerrard brought him in. He’ll be so influential in the dressing room.
Bringing in a 38-year-old defender that was past his best was certainly a bold move from Gerrard, but it’s quickly paid off – and now the Gers are reaping the rewards.