By Russell Edge

3rd May, 2018 | 6:37pm

King faces immediate crisis as Rangers managerial hunt seems to take unwanted turn over demands

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Rangers might have taken the most severe action possible after a bitterly disappointing campaign by sacking Graeme Murty – but they still have to make the right appointment if they want to avoid a repeat in 12 months time.

The former academy coach stepped up to the plate when no one else would and although his tenure ultimately ended in failure, he still holds the respect of the majority of fans for taking on the challenge.

Up next at Ibrox looks to be Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, with Sky Sports reporting via their official Twitter account that he is the Light Blues’ number one target and that the two parties are closing in on a deal as negotiations take place.

However, it is claimed that Gerrard is looking for assurances, potentially written into the terms of his agreement, over the club’s plans for the transfer window, including what sort of budget he would be handed, and that will have sent alarm bells ringing in the Ibrox boardroom.

Dave King and his counterparts are known for running a tight ship when it comes to funds and that penny pinching nature has not gone down well with fans – and it will likely not float with Gerrard either.

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Putting a definitive number down on paper gives the board no wiggle room and that certainly is not in their interests, while the Liverpool man is not going to join if he is not handed the money he wants to bring success back to Govan.

King will have been hoping for smooth sailing in negotiations but such demands would have been an unwanted turn, and it leaves the chairman facing an immediate crisis to try and manage to wrangle a deal which suits him and the other shareholders while keeping Gerrard happy.

If not, he might have to seek out their number two option ahead of the summer.

In other Rangers news, the club’s senior squad has been slammed by a Sky Sports pundit.

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