'Phone has been non-stop' - Gerrard reveals how Rangers transfer plans have been progressing
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted his phone had been ringing “non-stop” as he prepared to take the reins at Ibrox on Friday – and insists he’s got a good idea of what needs to be done despite only being in the job officially for a little more than 24 hours.
The Gers boss is in France as part of his UEFA Pro Licence course and revealed he’s been working closely with director of football Mark Allen and head scout Andy Scoulding to identify transfer targets ahead of the transfer window opening next week.
With the Gers’ bitter rivals Celtic looking to lift an eighth successive Scottish title next season, Gerrard knows there’s a huge task ahead of him – admitting there is “tonnes of work to do” this summer.
“The contract obviously started from June 1, but the ball has been rolling for a lot longer than that. I’ve got a fair idea of what needs to be done already,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“A lot of people have been saying congratulations. They’re very respectful of Rangers and the challenge that lies ahead.
“And the phone has been non-stop. Obviously, I’ve been working really closely with Mark Allen and Andy Scoulding in terms of targets we want to bring in.
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“Also talking about players we’ve already got. How we see the squad looking and shaping up. There is tonnes of work to do, I think everyone is aware of that.”
Football Insider verdict:
Gerrard seems to be under no illusions of just how big a job he faces at Ibrox but the Liverpool legend appears to be taking everything in his stride and isn’t getting carried away and making huge promises that he can’t possibly keep – unlike a certain Mr. J. Barton. With a week or two until the players return for pre-season and a week until the transfer window opens, Gerrard has a short window to get targets in as early as possible and start preparing for the start of competitive action on July 12th. With no friendlies announced yet, the Gers have still got six weeks before we get a real glimpse of Gerrard in action as manager. It’s good to see Gerrard appears to have built a healthy relationship with Mark Allen and Andy Scoulding already and the pair will be vital to the 38-year-old’s success as Gers boss. With three new signings already in this summer, Allen and Scoulding will have a massive hand to play in helping Gerrard get his recruitment right to challenge Celtic for the title.