Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl has confirmed he would love to stay at Ibrox and work with incoming manager Steven Gerrard – and insists the Gers have “got to start achieving things.”
Nicholl returned to Ibrox in January after almost 30 years away from the club to assist Graeme Murty before being handed the reins for the final three games of the season following Murty’s sacking as manager last week.
The Northern Irishman admitted that he would “expect” things are on the “up and up” for the Gers after the arrival of Gerrard on Friday on a four-year deal.
“Of course, you expect things are going to be on the up and up,” Gers senior man Nicholl said when asked if he wanted to work alongside Gerrard, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“They have got to. The team have got to start winning games, they have got to start achieving things.
“We have got to stop Celtic winning the league, we know that. How long it’s going to take the new manager to get that turned around we don’t know. We’ll just wait and see.”
Football Insider verdict
Nicholl’s arrival coincided with the Gers best run of form for a few years and the veteran coach would be handy to keep around although it looks as though Gerrard will be surrounding himself with his own staff at Ibrox. Few would have expected to see Nicholl back at the Gers in any capacity this time 12 months ago so it is nice to see the Ulsterman have one last spell with a club so close to his heart but it appears the end is near for him at Ibrox. There are few around Ibrox who’ll have a bad word to say about Jimmy and the way he conducts himself around the club and the Northern Irishman’s personality will be a big miss around Ibrox and Auchenhowie when he leaves in the summer. Nicholl likely won’t be without a club for long though and wherever he does end up will have a top quality coach at their disposal with experience virtually unmatched anywhere in Scottish football.