RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard admitted the decision among his backroom staff and players to defer 50 per cent in pay was “a no-brainer”.

The Ibrox first-team squad volunteered to forego a portion of their wages for three months, as Scotzine reported yesterday.

The club will also make use of the Government’s job retention scheme to ensure other employees receive their full wages during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Ibrox gaffer Gerrard told his club’s Twitter account: “The players and the directors and staff have shown good leadership and responsibility to defer the wages. I think it was a no-brainer and the right thing to do.

“It’s important that you show respect to all the people at the club whatever your role is and I think we have shown real good togetherness by doing this.

IBROX BACKING…Steven Gerrard talks on Rangers’ Twitter account to support the club’s pay-cut move.

“I’m very proud of the efforts and the support of everyone at the club. It was unanimous that everyone wanted to do this.

“It’s important during these hard times that no-one suffers from financial hardship. It does make me really proud as a manager that everyone was really keen to make sure that everyone was looked after.”

The Gers’ season stalled as they were preparing for the home game against Celtic on Sunday March 15, only three days after their 3-1 first leg Europa League loss to Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox.

They were 13 points behind the Hoops in the Premiership with a game in hand when the campaign went into cold storage.

Backing his manager, skipper James Tavernier was also quoted yesterday as saying: “I want to place on record our appreciation to every single member of staff for their determination and resolve during these unprecedented events.

“I’m very proud of the reaction of everyone at Rangers to the challenge we face throughout the UK and beyond.”



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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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