By Kevin Phillips

8th Feb, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips hails Dave King for sealing 'Stunning' '19 Rangers deal

Kevin Phillips has insisted Dave King and the Rangers board deserve huge credit for appointing Steven Gerrard as manager and recently tying him to a new deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England striker and Premier League coach has hailed the 39-year-old for doing an “absolutely fantastic job” at Ibrox.

Gerrard has transformed the fortunes of the Glasgow giants since taking over in the summer of 2018.

He signed a two-year contract extension in December which will keep him at Rangers until the summer of 2024.

Phillips has paid tribute to the decision-makers at Ibrox.

He told Football Insider: “I give credit to the board and the chairman [Dave King] for appointing Gerrard and for tying him to a new deal. It was a stunning move and is paying off.

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“I disagree with people who say you need experience. Of course he’s had (experience), there’s no more experienced ex-player than Steven Gerrard, having played for so long at the highest level.

“He had no managerial experience [when he was appointed] but credit to the board for given him the opportunity.

“It’s a breath of fresh air for me and the results have shown how it can work if you give him the backing.”

Gerrard has taken Rangers to new heights this season, in which they are challenging for their first SPL title in nearly a decade and have reached the knockout stages of the Europa League.

“Taking Gary McAllister was probably a big coup as well, helping him,” Phillips added to Football Insider.

“You have to give huge credit to him (Gerrard) and for him all of a sudden to be challenging Celtic in his second season at the top of the SPL, credit to him, absolutely fantastic job and if they went on to win the league, manage to do it, he’d be a legend there for the rest of his life.”

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed terms of new £4.5million deal.