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‘Perfect’ Gerrard takes the reins at Rangers

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has signed a four-year contract to become the new manager of Rangers (pic: SNS Group)

Steven Gerrard has been confirmed as the new manager of Rangers, the former Liverpool captain having signed a four-year deal.

The 37-year-old, who leaves his current role as a youth coach at Anfield, replaces Graeme Murty who was sacked earlier this week.

Gerrard, who will join the club in the summer with the priority to close the gap on seven-in-a-row champions Celtic, said: “I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition.

“I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this club has achieved.”

The ex-England international has no managerial experience, prompting many observers to question the wisdom of the appointment.

Gerrard will now go toe-to-toe with his former boss Brendan Rodgers, with the first Old Firm game of next season already being talked about.

Hundreds of Rangers fans gathered outside Ibrox this afternoon eagerly awaiting news of Gerrard’s appointment and chairman Dave King insisted he is the right man to bring success back to the Light Blues.

He said: “We are delighted to confirm today that Steven Gerrard will become the next manager of Rangers.

“From the very beginning, talks have been extremely positive and we believe that Steven is the right man to drive Rangers forward.

“He was extremely impressive throughout our negotiations and we are convinced that he has the necessary knowledge and temperament to lead the club to the success we all desire.

“This a special day for our club, our fans and for Steven.”

Managing director Stewart Robertson added: “We believe we have appointed the perfect man to manage our club at this time.

“He is an exciting appointment and I believe that the Rangers support will back him as only they can.”

Gerrard confirmed that long-time friend and former Scotland international Gary McAllister will be his assistant.

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