Steven Gerrard was never one for hiding his emotions on and off the pitch as a player.

From roaring as he lifted a number of trophies to exchanging heated words with El-Hadj Diouf, then at Blackburn Rovers in 2010, and being emotionally drained in front of cameras following the 3-2 win over Man City during the 2013/2014 title run in - Liverpool's former captain wore his heart on his sleeve.

Now in the dugout, he may have swapped his kit for a suit, but his attitude remains the same in terms of demanding a high standard of quality and application from his side.

Last night's 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock meant Ranger fell ten points behind leaders Celtic.

From Rangers cutting the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership after winning the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park on 29th December, Gerrard has not been impressed with his side's response in recent weeks.

The 39-year-old's eye-catching statement from last night "I thought we had the mentality and character to sustain a push but on the evidence of the last four-weeks I am getting proven wrong", reflects a manager who is willing to be ruthless with his dressing room.

Despite the setback last night Rangers have turned into a genuine title challengers and a threat to Celtic's belonged dominance in the SPL.

As well qualifying from the group stages of the Europa League beyond Christmas for the first time since 2010/2011 means Gerrard improvement as a manager has been notable on a domestic and international level.

Top managers have excellent man management skills but know when to be tough with his players to get a reaction from them.

Liverpool's current manager Jurgen Klopp epitomises this by summarising his relationship with players as 'something like a friend of the players but not their best friend'.

Gerrard's upwards trajectory since becoming manager of Rangers has labelled him a potential manager in the Premier League.

His experience of knowing when to give players the carrot or the stick will be vital if and when he eventually acclimatizes to England's top flight.

The presence of his name alone will carry an aura which makes sure he is heard because of the reputation he earned from his playing career.

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But the honest assessment of his side's performance will show that the Gerrard will gather instant respect from his players as he will explain how they can improve their performances.

Whether Gerrard ends up getting the dream job of managing his boyhood club or somewhere else in Europe's top leagues, his no nonsense approach has set him up for the next step in his managerial career.