Rangers chairman Dave King believes Steven Gerrard’s appointment as manager is the biggest signing the Ibrox giants have made in a “long, long time” and claimed it shows the work that has been going on behind the scenes at Ibrox to return the Gers to the top of Scottish football.
The 37-year-old Liverpool legend will officially start at Ibrox on June 1st but was presented to the media on Friday at Ibrox as thousands of fans turned out to welcome their new manager.
King also claimed that Gerrard committing to the Gers for four years shows that the Glasgow giants are headed in the right direction as they try to catch bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
“I was thinking in the flight on the way over here last night and I was trying to think back to when Rangers had a bigger signing than Steven Gerrard,” King said, as quoted by the Gers’ official website.
“I think this is the biggest signing that this club has had for a long, long time.
“I think it also is an indication that the club and the work that we that we have been doing over the last couple of years is being recognised, where people of that calibre are willing to come and commit themselves to this club for four years.”
Football Insider verdict
Gerrard’s arrival is easily the biggest signing in Scottish football since Paul Gascoigne arrived at Ibrox in a £4.3million move from Italian giants Lazio in 1995. The Liverpool icon has already generated worldwide headlines with news of his first step into management and fans around the planet will be intrigued to see how he does in his first job. Gerrard won’t have anywhere to hide if things don’t go well for him at Ibrox with Gers fans demanding success and the 37-year-old couldn’t have picked a tougher job to kickstart his managerial career than coming to Ibrox and trying to stop Celtic from racking up an eighth successive Scottish title. If Gerrard is half as successful at Ibrox as he was at Anfield, he will do just fine and will more than live up to he massive hype and excitement that has followed his appointment as manager of the Glasow giants.
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