STAND-IN boss Jimmy Nicholl has warned Rangers players they must “buck their ideas up” to be in Steven Gerrard’s plans next season.

The Liverpool legend has agreed a four-year contract to become the Ibrox club’s fourth manager in two years and will take charge on June 1.

Gerrard was appointed Rangers manager on a four-year deal last week and will begin work on June 1.

Nicholl had told the playing staff they need to impress against Hibs at Easter Road tomorrow – or face the threat of the axe.

He said: “You have got to make sure you are strong enough to beat Celtic. It’s up to the new manager to decide how many he is short of doing that.

“There is a good group, but sometimes they haven’t shown that. They certainly didn’t show it in those two Celtic games recently.

“But I know what they are like and I know that when Steven comes in, when standards are set and demands put on them, there will be some who will be able to handle it and some who will not.

“We’ve lost too many games this year. If standards are about trying to win every game then they have slipped as we’ve lost too many.

“The players probably haven’t produced what they’re capable of consistently. Steven might get that out of them.

“We’ll get them ready and sorted for tomorrow and whatever their futures hold, it will be good for some and other ones will have to buck their ideas up.

“They are going to have to if they want to stay here and I hope they do.”

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