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‘I’M HONOURED,’ NEW GERS BOSS GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD admitted he was “honoured” to be the new Rangers manager after agreeing a four-year deal with the Ibrox club.

It was also confirmed his former Liverpool team-mate Gary McAllister, the ex-Scotland skipper, would be joining him as assistant manager.

Both will take up their posts on June 1, but it is not clear if Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson, in charge of the team for the remaining three games, have a role to play in the new-look set-up.

Gerrard, 37, who has been working as a Liverpool academy coach since April last year, said: “I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers.

“I have enormous respect for this football club, 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.”

Director of Football Mark Allen and Head of Scouting Andy Scoulding are believed to be the men who convinced Gerrard to take the plunge into management.

Allen said: “From the moment we met with Steven to discuss this opportunity, we felt that his ambitions and desire to succeed equalled our own for the club.

“Make no mistake, Steven fully understands the demands that come with managing a club of this stature and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”

Rangers chairman Dave King added: “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.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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