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Whether or not Rangers can catch fierce rivals and Scottish champions Celtic with Steven Gerrard at the helm remains to be seen – but the verdict at Ibrox is certainly one of positivity.

The Liverpool legend is making the move up to Glasgow for his first managerial reign after a year and a half as a youth coach at Anfield, in a move which has captured the intrigue from fans and pundits alike on both sides of the border.

He is not the first big name footballer to make his way into the dugout at the end of his career but Gerrard will be hoping he follows more in the footsteps of Kevin Nolan, who is doing a brilliant job with Notts County, rather than former Manchester United star Gary Neville, who flopped in his short tenure at Valencia.

While there will be some serious doubts from sections of the footballing community over whether he has what it takes at Ibrox, the response for the dressing room certainly signals a change of attitude.

Speaking of his new manager’s imminent arrival, James Tavernier told the Daily Record: “It’s obviously exciting, his career speaks volumes and I’m looking forward to next season. It’s good for the boys to see what he brings to the table. It’s obviously great for the club.”

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However, that excitement is not going to be contained to the dressing room, and there will be a lot of players keen to jump on the Gers bangwagon – including the sort of quality to challenge Celtic in a title race.

If Dave King gives Gerrard the financial backing he desires, then the Light Blues will have little difficulty convincing their top targets to join up, with everyone sharing Tavernier’s optimism, and it proves that this is certainly the beginning of the end of Celtic’s reign of dominance of Scotland.

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