'It's never nice' - Graham Dorrans makes admission about Rangers manager change
Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans has admitted that it is “never nice” to see a manager leave after Graeme Murty’s sacking last week but insisted that the Gers players are all “starting afresh” with the appointment of Steven Gerrard as his replacement.
Gerrard was confirmed as the next manager on Friday and will take up his post on June 1st, leaving Jimmy Nicholl to take charge of the final three games of the campaign.
Dorrans revealed that all of the players were “excited” by the news of Gerrard’s appointment and were looking forward to working with the iconic former Liverpool midfielder.
“I played against Steven a few times and he was certainly one of the best players I ever came up against,” Dorrans said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“When a name like that comes into the football club it gives the whole place a lift. Steven is a massive figure in the game and the boys are excited and looking forward to working with him.
“It’s never nice when a manager has to leave but the new manager has come in now and we’re all starting afresh again.”
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Gerrard’s appointment will mean a second chance for some players at Ibrox but with director of football Mark Allen still at the club there is a little bit of consistency there and if there are players Allen feels don’t add to the squad then Gerrard’s arrival isn’t likely to save them. It’s no surprise the players are excited to work with Gerrard given the reputation he has. With only a few weeks until the 37-year-old takes the reins and gets to work trying to topple Celtic from the summit of the Scottish Premiership, there should be some sort of visible reaction from the players to the news. The Light Blues’ players now have two games to prove they deserve a place in the squad next season before the expected massive overhaul that will come when the transfer window opens and Gerrard is settled into his new office at the club’s Auchenhowie training base.