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Sport Steven Gerrard backed for Rangers trophy glory as former team-mate makes Neil Lennon comparison

12:30  11 october  2020
12:30  11 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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There is only a small band of men who played alongside both Old Firm gaffers.

But Swiss stopper Stephane Henchoz is one of them.

The former Liverpool defender spent five trophy-laden years with Steven Gerrard at Anfield before having a six-month stint at Parkhead when Neil Lennon was Celtic skipper.

The current Neuchatel Xamax boss enjoyed his stint in Glasgow, despite being part of the Martin O’Neill side who lost the Premiership title to Rangers on Helicopter Sunday 2005.

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And he’s full of admiration for Lennon as a player and manager for what he has done at Celtic.

But when it comes to Gerrard, Henchoz insists no one comes close.

He rates the Ibrox gaffer as the best he has EVER played with and is convinced he’ll bring success to Gers this season.

Henchoz said: “Gerrard is the best player I ever played with, definitely. It was a privilege to play alongside him at Liverpool.

“Steven could do everything on the pitch. He could play in every position – and sometimes he did.

“He was one of those rare footballers who had everything.

“He was complete. Not just technically, he was quick, could tackle, could pass short and long, could shoot and score goals.

“But most importantly he had the winning mentality you need at the top level. I’m sure he can transmit that to his team at Rangers.

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“He will demand it from his players because he can’t accept anything different. When we had success at

Liverpool, I knew Steven was going to be something special.

“And even then I could see that he would become a manager one day.


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“I think he can go to the top. He’s with a massive club in Rangers and I’m certain he can bring the success the fans want.

“Proper leaders only speak when it’s needed and that’s what Steven was like. On the pitch, he led by

example. I think he’ll win trophies with Rangers this season.

“When he took over two years ago, there was a lot of work, especially where the club had come from. He’s been building this club and his team.

  Steven Gerrard backed for Rangers trophy glory as former team-mate makes Neil Lennon comparison © Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

“The only thing he’s missing now is a trophy and I’m sure he’ll get it.”

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Lennon was a different type of player to Gerrard but Henchoz also appreciated the Northern Irishman’s qualities at Celtic.

And he says it takes a special kind of character to achieve what Lennon has at a club that size – as player and manager.

He said: “Lennon was a leader at Celtic. Can I compare him with Stevie? Not really because they were different players.

“Neil was a holding midfielder but tactically very aware. On the ball, he was so calm. He was seeing every picture on the pitch.

Stéphane Henchoz in a blue shirt © SNS Group

“I only had a short time there but it’s a massive club. Sometimes I thought they deserved to play in a bigger league.

“When you come from the Premier League like I did,

it’s clear that the type of club Celtic are – they deserve to play there with that huge support. When I arrived in Glasgow, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Why?

“Because I’d just left Liverpool. When you leave a club like that, even if you are no longer playing, you’re not happy about it.

“When I got to Celtic, I was with the club. But in my head, I was still thinking about Liverpool.

“It was difficult to prepare for a new challenge, even though I enjoyed my time at Celtic.

“We had a great squad but I didn’t perform the way I would have liked.

“Neil was one of the players who helped me when I got there.

“To be at Celtic for so long as a player and manager, like Neil has, that takes an unique character.

“I spent six months there and it’s one of these clubs where the pressure is on every single day. It’s like Liverpool in that sense.

“You have to deal with that every day. As a player, it’s not easy.

“But as a manager it must be incredible.

“So to sustain what he has there and manage the club for so long – being successful at the same time – is something he should be proud of.”

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