Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has disclosed the strong influence from former rival Sir Alex Ferguson on his managerial career in Scottish football.

Steven Gerrard talked about legendary Manchester United manager Ferguson and his influence on his career as a manager while giving his speech in the aftermath of being named the Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers Association. According to him, he spoke to Ferguson via phone on several occasions to learn some things about Scottish football.

Gerrard was full of praise for the former Manchester United boss as he said that his audience showed his character as a man. The Rangers manager said Ferguson had the option of staying away from him as a former rival from their time in the Premier League but he didn’t take it as he was happy to help him in the course of his job at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard also talked about how Ferguson has agreed to meet up with him in person for further discussions.

Ferguson and Gerrard are legends for different reasons at Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. They faced each other in the Premier League on several occasions in the Liverpool v Manchester United clashes. Ferguson and Gerrard were rivals for many years until the former retired as a Manchester United in 2013. Two years later, Liverpool legend Gerrard ended his time at the club before he spent a little time with LA Galaxy in the MLS. The Rangers manager ended his playing career after his stint in the MLS.

Gerrard was deservedly named the Manager of the Year by the football writers in Scotland after he led Rangers to a first league title in a decade. He helped the Ibrox club end the nine-year domestic dominance of Old Firm rivals Celtic.