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GERRARD’S LONG-TERM GERS PLEDGE

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STEVEN GERRARD has revealed he feels “blessed” to be Rangers manager – and insisted he will be at Ibrox for the long haul.

The Liverpool legend, who took over in the summer, is determined to make his mark and halt his former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers and Celtic’s domination of Scotland.

Gers could yet reach the last 32 of the Europa League and will go top of the Premiership if they beat Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday – kicking off three hours before the Hoops take on Aberdeen in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden.

Gerrard, who became the Ibrox side’s FOURTH gaffer in two years following Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and caretaker Graeme Murty, addressed the supporters at yesterday’s AGM.

He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dave (King) for the support he’s gave me since day one.

“Also, the rest of the board and directors have been really supportive to me and my staff. I’d like to thank Mark and Stewart who I work with on a daily basis.

“Without the support and that back-up behind myself and the coaching staff, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have this season.

“I can assure everyone that we’ll give every bit of time and effort that we’ve got as a coaching staff to continue to move the club forward on the pitch.

“We’ll continue to try and attract the best players possible, to help bring success back to this incredible club.

“I feel I’m in such a blessed position to be here as the manager. I hope I stay here for a very long time and we can share some really good times together.”

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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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