Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Liverpool under 18s manager and club legend Steven Gerrard as their new boss, replacing Graeme Murty in the dugout.
A statement on their website revealed that Gerrard has put pen to paper on a four year contract at Ibrox starting in the summer, where he will begin work to challenge Celtic’s domination of Scottish football.
That role will pit him up against his former coach, Brendan Rodgers, who has successfully led Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title for seven years in a row, leaving the hoops only five league titles behind Rangers’ record of 54.
Rangers fans have reacted to delight with the news, with some even heading to the club’s stadium to wait for a glimpse of the new coach, who traveled to Glasgow to put pen to paper and seal the deal on Friday.
Steven Gerrard will now have the final few weeks of the season to cast an eye over the squad from afar whilst beginning his plans for the 2018/19 campaign.
With three games remaining, Rangers are fighting to ensure that the club qualify for the Europa League next season, currently sitting in third place ahead of Hibernian but only on goal difference with three games to play, the last of which being an all important clash against their nearest challengers.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
Rangers finally confirmed the news on Friday…
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 4, 2018
And it sparked delight…
Today Steven Gerrard will become our new manager
Undoubted excitement surrounds the arrival of one of the biggest names in world football
He has a huge task ahead of him but this is a fantastic & exciting appointment
Welcome to Rangers Steven Gerrard
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) May 4, 2018
Big gamble by the Board to take on an untested manager. Huge step for Gerrard to take as a first time manager. It has as much chance of being a failure as it does of being a success. But despite all the reservations; this is a very, very exciting appointment. #WATP https://t.co/Dqja93DCqn
— Kristian (@kelgey) May 4, 2018
Huge appointment for Rangers getting in Steven Gerrard, irrespective of his managerial experience. And great for Scottish football having the Liverpool legend facing up to his old boss Brendan Rodgers in Glasgow. Box Office stuff.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) May 4, 2018
There were a variety of reactions…
There was, of course, the obvious joke…
? #Rangers confirm Steven Gerrard as their new manager!
A great appointment as he's the last man to stop Brendan Rodgers winning a title pic.twitter.com/cqDbG4g28E
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 4, 2018
Celtic fans don’t exactly seem scared…
Congratulations on the appointment of Steven Gerrard. FYI you might want to bang abit of this down round the place to ensure he keeps safe.
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) May 4, 2018
Liverpool fans had mixed emotions…
Buzzing for Gerrard but also gutted for Gerrard. Wish it wasn’t Rangers.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) April 28, 2018
Gerrard was in the perfect job as a coach learning his craft. Working with a good grade of talent for their age (the bar he’d hope to work with in the future), and he’d never get sacked. All the time in the world to learn and make mistakes, not many coaches get afforded that.
— Alex McGovern (@AlexMcGovern11) May 4, 2018
For me to wish Gerrard well is equal to wanting Rangers to do well. Sorry. Hope you fail Gerrard. Big mistake going to horribly run club.
— John Morrison???? (@johnny_morrison) May 4, 2018
Can't help thinking Gerrard has made a huge mistake. A lot of people had this idealistic idea that he'd take over from Klopp after years of success and almost reinvent the bootroom culture which in this era of football was always incredibly unlikely.
— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) May 4, 2018
Good luck to Gerrard at Rangers. His first real step to becoming our manager in years to come. I’m now also a rangers Fan.
— Mark Elliot (@melliot1978) May 4, 2018
And some are still surprised by the news…
Steven Gerrard becoming Rangers manager feels far more like something that would happen in Football Manager than real life.
— Oliver Young-Myles (@OMyles90) May 4, 2018
Steven Gerrard is officially confirmed as bonkers.
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) May 4, 2018