Date: 12th June 2018 at 11:32am
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Former Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels thinks that recently appointed Gers manager Steven Gerrard can make a huge impact in his first-season in charge at Ibrox.

Shiels, who won the Championship with the Gers in 2016 and spent four years with the Light Blues, is impressed with the decision made by the Gers board to appoint such a massive name in football as the new man in the Ibrox hotseat.

“It’s great that Gerrard has become the Rangers manager” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It’s fantastic for Scottish football. He’s a breath of fresh air. He had a brilliant playing career and he can galvanise Rangers. The club needs it.”

Shiels then called for the newly appointed Gers boss to be given plenty of money to spend in the summer.

“There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the club over the past few years and hopefully he is the one to make things positive again.

“I’d like to see him given the money and backing that he needs to put his own stamp on it.”

Football Insider verdict

These are encouraging words from Dean Shiels, but of course it will all be about results for Steven Gerrard, same as it is for every other manager. It has to be said that the fans do seem galvanised by the appointment of the former Liverpool captain, and everything he has said in his brief time in charge has been very positive so far. Sheils’ comments about the money Gerrard should be given to spend are also very intriguing, as so far he has not spent much cash on any of his signings so far, but if Connor Goldson of Brighton signs that would be the first big money deal of the Gerrard era to be completed. The Gers did need a clean sweep after the failed appoints of Pedo Caixinha and Graeme Murty, so it is understandable why the Gerrard appointment has provoked so much excitement. Only time will tell though, if the excitement was justified or misplaced.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are reportedly set to finalise a transfer deal by Wednesday

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