Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been appointed the manager of Glasgow Rangers, the Scottish club have confirmed.
Stevie takes over from Graeme Murty, who had been sacked earlier, following a 5-0 mauling at hands of bitter rivals Celtic.
Gerrard met with the club officials in London on Thursday, following the Champions League semi-final in Rome, in order to discuss the final details of the deal. The contract signed runs until the summer of 2022, and Stevie’s old teammate Gary McAllister is set to join him there as his assistant.
Having managed Liverpool’s U16 and U18 teams, Gerrard is obviously keen on trying himself at first-team level, and his ultimate task there will naturally be to try and dethrone his former boss Brendan Rodgers, who is in charge at Celtic.
Brendan Rodgers in the tunnel at the next Old Firm derby. 👀 pic.twitter.com/RjjwKZvens
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Liverpool’s Academy director Alex Inglethorpe is the man now tasked with finding a solution for the position vacated by Gerrard.
Whether this is a good move for the Captain remains to be seen, but it fits in with a few things he’s said since leaving Liverpool as a player in 2015 – never wanting to line up against the Reds, for example.
The fans’ reactions have been of various sorts, from expressing eternal support for the man who has bled Liverpool Red all his life, to disappointment for leaving the club for the second time and joining Rangers, the bitter rivals of Celtic – a club that has always felt close to Liverpool.
Be it all as it may, perhaps the best way to digest it would be to look at Stevie as you’d look at a young player, one that’s gone through the Academy ranks and is now being loaned out for first-team experience – until he’s ready, until he’s needed for that role here.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 4, 2018