Rangers news: Joe Cole backs former England team-mate Steven Gerrard to stay at Ibrox for the long haul

Joe Cole has admitted he never had any doubts ‘natural born leader’ Steven Gerrard would adapt to his managerial role at Rangers.

The former Liverpool captain has guided Rangers to the top of the Scottish Premiership and is impressing his former team-mate.

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Steven Gerrard has led Rangers to the top of the SPL

Cole, who spent 10 years in the England squad with Gerrard and played alongside him at Liverpool believes he will be at Ibrox for a long time to come.

“I don’t think Steven will be in any rush to leave. It’s a great job,” Cole said to The Scottish Sun.

“I’d imagine it’s a great place to manage too. I reckon he’s there for the long haul. He probably wants to be the man to turn it round up there.

“I knew he’d be good at it. A lot of people were worried when he took the job.

“It’s such a massive job for your first one but I had no doubt in him. I think he’s a natural born leader.

“Playing and captaining Liverpool is as good an apprenticeship as you can have. When you become a manager all eyes are on you.

Now 37, Cole, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, also played for West Ham, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry and Tampa Bay Rowdies but admitted he wished he could have followed in the footsteps of a player he followed closely growing up, Paul Gascoigne.

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Cole and Gerrard were England team mates

“Rangers is a club I’d have loved to have played for. Gazza was my favourite player. I remember watching all his games,” Cole added.

“A move there for me never quite happened but the club holds a special place in my heart because I was a massive Gazza fan.”

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