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Gary McAllister compares Rangers to a former Leeds United situation



The Rangers took a big step forward when they beat Celtic before the winter break.

Gary McAllister, assistant manager of Rangers, takes a look at the field before the Betfred Scottish League Cup semi final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park on 28 ...

Gary McAllister, assistant manager of Rangers, told The Herald he thinks the club's timing is similar to that of Leeds United.

The Gers finished 12 points behind Celtic last season but the good times seem to be returning in Ibrox as Steven Gerrard impressed in his first campaign in charge.

Gerrard not only took Rangers to the Europa League but also challenged the Gers for the Scottish Premiership title as they are tied for points with Celtic.

Rangers beat Bhoys 1-0 in the final round and showed they are really ready to play a point, even in Gerrard's first season in charge.

Now Gerrard's assistant McAllister made comparisons between Rangers now and Leeds in the late 1980s and early 1990s when he played.

Leeds won the first division in 1990 and immediately finished fourth, but in the second season won the former First Division under the command of Howard Wilkinson.

McAllister was at the forefront of this success, and believes there are comparisons with Rangers in terms of achieving a wellness factor and then pursuing a title rival; Manchester United towards Leeds and Celtic in the Rangers.

Gary McAllister, Leeds United coach, shouts during the match between Coca Cola 1's Final Playground between Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2008 in London, ...

McAllister believes a good season – even if it does not end with a title – can give Rangers the impetus for an extra step in the next period, giving players the confidence they really can challenge the Bhoys.

"I've been to clubs where they left the divisions below and came to the big league – a big club in the city, Leeds United, we surprised some people in our first season in the first division," McAllister said. "I'm just reminiscing about the personal experience and the fact that we finished well in the first season gave players the belief that they would go and win the league the following year."

"The good performance in season one made us think: 'Ah, actually we can take it a step further,' though Manchester United are ahead in season two. There were moments in that first season when that group of players – and this is also a new group of players – says, "Oh, maybe we can …" There are times when when you get a kind of performance and it results in you We have who visualize those moments throughout their career and use them to their advantage, "he added.

October 21, 2018, Hope CBD Stadium, Hamilton, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hamilton Academical vs. Rangers; Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister in ...


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