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4th May, 2018 | 2:56pm

Brendan Rodgers delivers verdict as Gerrard is appointed by Rangers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he is ‘delighted’ that his former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard has been appointed as the next manager of Rangers.

The Ibrox side recently confirmed on their official website that Gerrard has signed a four year deal to become the new man in charge at Ibrox, and Rodgers is pleased that his former captain at Liverpool is set to do battle with him next season.

“I am delighted for him. I am sure he will be looking forward to his first job and like I say, happy that he now enters into my world of coaching and managing,” Rodgers said, as quoted on PA Sport football writer Ronnie Esplin’s personal Twitter account.

The battle between Rodgers and Gerrard will add an extra dimension to next season’s Old Firm clashes, as the pair enjoyed success at Liverpool where they came agonisingly close to winning the league title in 2014.

Football Insider verdict

Rodgers and Gerrard’s battles next season will be intriguing to see, as both men know each other very well, and who can say how that will affect the dynamic of next season’s matches between the teams. It could give the advantage to one over the other, but as Gerrard is only at the beginning of his managerial career, it could be too early to tell what type of football he will play at Ibrox. At this moment in time, Rodgers will be favourite to come out on top in the battle between the duo, as he has been a manager for many years, and is presiding over a stable situation at Celtic Park, which seems the opposite of what is currently happening at Ibrox. But overall, the appointment of Gerrard is good for the game in Scottish football, it increases its’ profile, and it is a long time since the two big clubs in Scotland have had such high profile managers.

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