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Benitez’s verdict on Gerrard as a manager as they prepare for Old Firm clash

Rafa Benitez could go head-to-head with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard in Scotland.

The former Real Madrid, Newcastle and Chelsea manager looks set to take over from Neil Lennon at Celtic following their run of poor form in the Scottish Premiership.

The Spaniard face a tricky test in getting the Hoops back on top as they sit 23 points behind their rivals despite having three games in hand.

Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at what Benitez has said of his former Liverpool captain’s move into management in the past, and what he thinks of Gerrard’s links to the Liverpool job.

Benitez said after Gerrard was named as Rangers boss: ”His understanding of the game is good. He has had different managers, foreign managers, British managers, so he will have seen different visions, which is important.

"I have been in three different countries as a manager, so when you play in your country, you have the visions of your coaches, the style you play in your country.

“When you go to another country, everything is different.

"For him to have different coaches with different ideas, I'm sure, has been positive."

When asked if he has what it takes to hold the top job at Anfield in the future, the 60-year-old added: “Yes, maybe. I think in his head, it will be that.

“But it depends how he is doing in his career.

"Not too many top-class players can be managers just like this.

“You have to have a very good team – sometimes you can do almost nothing and win.

"I'm sure he would like to coach, to manage Liverpool in the future, but because he has this chance now, he has an opportunity to go to another place and learn and see the problems you have as a manager.

"I'm sure it will be positive for him."

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