Steven Gerrard Confirmed As Rangers Manager

Ryan Colclough of Wigan Athletic is chased by Harry Forrester of AFC Wimbledon during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and A.F.C. Wimbledon at DW Stadium on April 28

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers welcomed rookie Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to the "land of no sleep" as his former captain began his tenure at Ibrox.

The 37-year-old will be tasked with closing the gap on fierce rivals Celtic, who won the Scottish Premiership title on Sunday in a thumping 5-0 win over Rangers.

Following Steven Gerrard confirming that Gary McAllister will be his number two at Rangers, it has been revealed Liverpool academy coach Michael Beale will also be heading to Ibrox. He's a name and he knows about football and I'm sure the staff he's going to bring with him will have experience, so I think he will be fine. "I believe I can come in here and improve things and I believe I can make these fans happy". From that first phone call I had a special feeling, I knew Rangers was for me.

Chairman Dave King said Gerrard "ticked every box" other than experience. "I wish him all the best because it will be fantastic for football to have him as a manager and one day challenge him".

There has been a lot of debate over the last week about Steven Gerrard and whether he is the right man to take Rangers forward. "It is a big, big honour, not just for me but for my family as well, and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into this job", he said in a press conference via Rangers.

"This opportunity doesn't come around all the time - clubs with this size, stature and history". I've missed that pressure since I stopped playing football. It's always a challenge and for someone like him who loves football, it's an opportunity to show his level.




But there is a risk Gerrard shoots his managerial ambitions in the foot straight away by choosing the wrong club at the wrong time.

"I'm delighted and obviously very proud".

He said: "Stability is the key and I want to give these supporters an exciting team and a winning team and one to be proud of. I want to be a leader for the fans and I can't wait to be out there for them".

Rangers are now two places behind their Glasgow rivals, Celtic, now topping the Scottish Premier League.

"It's always a challenge [taking your first job in management]".

"I've spoken to close friends and family, people in the game that I'm tight with".

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