Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been handed one of the hardest fixtures imaginable in his first league game in charge of Rangers.

The Ibrox boss faces a tough trip to Pittodrie to face last season’s Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen, in a match set to be played on Sunday the 5th of August.

The fixture was announced a short time ago on the official SPFL website.

The Englishman faces an even bigger test only three games later, when he takes his Gers side to Celtic Park on the 1st of September.

The entire fixture list was announced a short time ago on the SPFL website.

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What a tough start to his career as a manager awaits Steven Gerrard. He faces two very difficult matches in four of his first league games, with trips to Aberdeen and Celtic. This could be the making or the breaking of him as a boss at the very early stage of his time at the club. Of course, being a man who likes a challenge, he will no doubt thrive on the difficulty of the fixtures, and it has to be said that the Gers do have a good record against Aberdeen in recent seasons. It would be a huge statement for the Gerrard era at Ibrox if his new look team went up to Aberdeen and delivered a convincing victory. It would show that the Gers are a force to be reckoned with, and that they should be considered serious challengers for the league title even at the beginning of the season. Such is life at the big clubs in Glasgow, where every game is a must win, that Gerrard will be under scrutiny even if he draws at Pittodrie.

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