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Steven Gerrard appointed as new Rangers manager

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been appointed as Rangers manager on a four-year deal.

Gerrard, 37, replaces Graeme Murty, who was placed in interim charge following the October sacking of Pedro Caixinha.

Gerrard retired from playing at the end of the 2015/16 MLS season after an 18-month stint with LA Galaxy.

“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers,” Gerrard told Rangers’ website.

“I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition. I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this club has achieved.”

The club say Gerrard’s backroom staff “will be announced in due course”.

Gerrard retired in 2016 after a trophy-laden career. The former England international spent a total of 17 years at Anfield, winning the FA Cup twice, the League Cup three times, and the Champions League once, along with one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Super Cup.

Rangers chairman Dave King said: “From the very beginning, talks have been extremely positive and we believe that Steven is the right man to drive Rangers forward.

“He was extremely impressive throughout our negotiations and we are convinced that he has the necessary knowledge and temperament to lead the club to the success we all desire.

“This a special day for our club, our fans and for Steven.”

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