A CRITICISM often aimed at those of us who steal a living from watching football is that we never get anything right. Nothing. No story is accurate, every link with a player is an utter fabrication, match reports are biased and not one of us is brave enough to slaughter a new player or manager before they’ve had the chance to make a mess of things.

Take Joey Barton, for example. When he was kicked out of Rangers, it was one in the eye for every hack who had predicted he would be brilliant, although I can’t recall anyone writing that, when instead we should have known he would be useless and not last long.

But the trouble with the old predicting game is that none of us, sadly, can see into the future. Guesses, and that’s all they are, can be wrong. I tell you, if I had a crystal ball, I would only need one good day at the bookies and then I’d retire.

So, in the spirit of not being Nostradamus, this is all I or anyone can say about Steven Gerrard becoming the next Rangers manager.

His appointment could be inspiring, an utter disaster or somewhere in between. We simply don’t know because it’s a bit tricky to judge someone who isn’t even in the job yet.

But I see it has a huge risk. Gerrard is an exciting name, sure, but he has done nothing in management. He is walking into a club on its knees, a dressing room full of players who are simply not up to it and the task of stopping Celtic is, frankly, mammoth bordering on impossible.

If I had to guess, my feeling is that Rangers are going after a good man but the wrong man at the wrong time. However, we all need to give him time, which of course you don’t really get in Glasgow.

Those behind the scenes at Rangers believe this big name will attract other big names. But with the best will in the world that is just not going to happen for so many reasons – money or the lack of it being the biggest.

Time will tell. It always does. But for the life of me I can’t see the logic of going for a 37-year-old with a season working with kids as his only coaching experience.

One thing Gerrard will get is respect, which the man he will follow lost. Graeme Murty is probably sick of being patronised by people like me who call him a nice bloke, as if that’s all there is to him.

I’m told he knew on Monday night that he was going and yet still turned up to watch Rangers Under-17s beat Celtic 4-0 in the Glasgow Cup Final at Firhill. He said some goodbyes and had the good grace to commiserate the defeated team. That’s class.

But he wasn’t up to it and I wonder if he had his time again whether he would have walked as statements from his own club undermined him. In saying that, I’m glad he won’t be there for the final three games for his own sake.

Rangers fans have pointed out that he did want the job, it was his team, his tactics and his handling of the Kenny Miller/Lee Wallace debacle was clumsy in the extreme. It is hard to argue against these facts.

A better coach would not have allowed any Rangers team to lose nine goals against Celtic in the same month. Andy Halliday would not have been played at left-back, Graham Dorrans would not get a game and, well, we could be here all day.

Gerrard is on record as saying he would want any team of his to be hungry and physical. That’s everything those wearing blue were not on Sunday. On that evidence, every single one would be shown the door.

At Hampden Park last week, in the excellent museum of Scottish football, Archie Macpherson launched his new book.

The big man was in fine form when speaking about “Adventures in the Golden Age” about his years covering Scotland in World Cups, which he admitted seemed a long time ago.

It’s a great read, Archie knows how to spin a yarn, and it got me thinking about what our 23-man squad would be had we made it to Russia. Not a single Rangers player would make it. In fact, if you wrote down 40 names, only Ross McCrorie, at a push, would make it and he wouldn’t make the final cut.

I applaud Gerrard for taking this on. I wish him luck. My word, the lad will need it . . .