Steven Gerrard is now officially the manager at Glasgow Rangers. Unveiled at a press conference today, followed by a photo-op in front of fans at Ibrox, Gerrard spoke openly about the challenges he’ll faced and his excitement at taking the job. The lead quote though is that, in classic Stevie G style, he largely made this decision by trusting leaning into his instinct; much as he did during his many years marshaling the midfield for Liverpool Football Club.
“When the call came to speak to Rangers, it was a no-brainer. It was a different feeling in my stomach from other opportunities I have had to be a manager. I got a special feeling and I knew then that Rangers was for me. I have confidence I can deliver here as a manager. A huge opportunity presented itself.”
Joining Stevie at Ibrox is Scotsman and former Red, Gary McAllister. Gary Mac is on board for the Gerrard Experience as an assistant.
There are concerns among some fans - this one, in particular - that this may have been a little too high profile a move for Stevie. But if we’ve learned anything over watching our Captain Fantastic it’s that he relishes a challenge.
“I’m here for a reason: to front the challenge and take the club forward. I’m confident or I wouldn’t be in this seat. In terms of targets I just want to win. That’s what I love doing, that’s my buzz. That’s the demand here and I’m looking forward to it.
“I love a challenge. My parents brought me up in life to front up to a challenge if you feel it’s the right one. That’s what I’m here to do.”
I’m nominally a Celtic fan though I don’t really follow the SPL, but I know I speak on behalf of all Reds that I hope Stevie does well. If he can learn a few tricks and, eventually, make it back home to Merseyside to lead the Reds out at Anfield, that’d be one great story indeed.