Steven Gerrard appointed Rangers manager

Martin Skrtel

GETTYMartin Skrtel has been at Fenerbahce since 2016

"How can we take this club forward and make it competitive?"

"When the call came it was a no-brainer for me", he said. "Whether Rangers is a good first step or not, is not for me to say or not for me to judge". There is only one way to get experience - to believe you have the right characteristics to take on a challenge and confront it.

At a press conference, the 46-year-old told reporters: "First of all it is to translate your ideas and convince the players to follow you - and not only the players".

"Bring it on. I don't mind being under intense pressure". I've missed that pressure since I stopped playing football.

"I need to get my feet in the door and my teeth in the job before I can weigh up exactly where we need to strengthen, where we need to improve".

The Liverpool legend has been the number one target at Ibrox to be their next manager, with Gerrard revealing that talks with the famous Scottish club started on Tuesday.

'If I didn't have confidence in myself and my staff and the board I wouldn't have come here.

Rangers are third in the Scottish Premiership, 13 points behind their "Old Firm" rivals Celtic, who beat them 5-0 at the weekend to claim their seventh straight league title.

"I said in some interview that because he has had so many different managers, with so many different styles, I'm sure he has learned from everyone and hopefully he can do well".

"I've spoken to close friends and family, people in the game that I'm tight with". "I've been around a big club and big matches for a long time. I want to be a leader for the fans and I can't wait to be out there for them".

Other managers may have experience but a lot of that experience wasn't very good.

Lack of experience?The only box Steven didn't tick was he hadn't managed before.

He also announced that his former teammate Gary McAllister will join him as his assistant manager. "I met him twice, he is a great man".

'He's a long-time friend of mine. "I know the size and I know what the supporters are all about".

Seven months on from Pedro Caixinha's exit, Rangers now finally have a permanent manager once again, though there is no doubting that Gerrard faces a monumental challenge.

Gerrard added: "This is up there alongside all my biggest achievements.When they do, it is important you grab them and give them everything you have got".

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