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4th May, 2018 | 2:53pm

Steven Gerrard speaks for first time after agreeing Rangers job

Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard has spoken for the first time since being confirmed as the new Rangers manager on a four-year deal – admitting he is “honoured” to take charge of the Light Blues.

Gerrard will take the reins in the summer, replacing Graeme Murty, and will take his first steps into management with the Ibrox giants.

The 37-year-old revealed he has “great respect” for the Gers’ history and tradition as the Light Blues heralded his arrival at Ibrox.

“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition.” Gerrard said, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.

Football Insider verdict

Despite it being rumoured to be happening for over a week now, there is still a feeling of disbelief among Rangers fans that the Liverpool icon will be in charge next season. Gerrard’s reputation as a player has already saw the Gers become one of the most talked about clubs on the planet in the last few days and if the Light Blues can be successful under Gerrard it could prove to be as momentous a decision as the one to hire Graeme Souness over 30 years ago. There are still massive question marks over Gerrard’s ability as a manager but given his reputation as a player and the qualities he personified during his career, he is as well placed as any former pro to make his mark as a manager. Getting the right coaching staff around him will be a massive piece of the puzzle for Gerrard and it will be interesting to see exactly who comes to Ibrox with him.

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In other Rangers news, this centre-back wanted by the Gers and rivals Celtic is due to head to Glasgow with his deal expiring soon.

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