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I'd relish key role in Gers' new chapter, says Nicholl

Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 0

By Andy Newport

Rangers caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl says he would love to be part of Steven Gerrard's Ibrox restoration project.

The Northern Irishman was put in charge of the Light Blues following Graeme Murty's sacking on Tuesday.

He masterminded Saturday's 1-0 win over Kilmarnock but admits he does not know if he will still be on the payroll by the time former Liverpool skipper Gerrard officially takes up his new position on June 1.

But with the incoming boss vowing to clear out any member of his squad who does not have the required fight and hunger to take on Brendan Rodgers' all-conquering Celtic, Nicholl admits he is keen to hang about and see what Gerrard is capable of.

Asked if he would like to work with the 37-year-old Champions League winner, Nicholl said: "Of course, you expect things are going to be on the up and up.

"They have got to. The team have got to start winning games, they have got to start achieving things.

"We have got to stop Celtic winning the league, we know that. How long that's going to take the new manager to get that turned around we don't know. We'll just wait and see."

Nicholl - who served two spells as a player at Ibrox during the 1980s - was lured back to his former club in January by Murty.

But if this week's trips to Aberdeen and Hibernian are to be his farewell tour, the 61-year-old will not complain.

"I had two-and-a-half months with Falkirk and the board there were kind enough to give me the opportunity to come here for six months," he said.

"The only situation was to see how Graeme got on and if Graeme was in a good position to get the job then he might have kept me on. It hasn't worked out and nothing has been said so far about next season.

"I just think I am lucky to still be in the game. If anything happens in the future then great."

Hamburg-bound defender David Bates netted his first goal for Rangers five minutes from time to hand Nicholl a winning start to his reign as interim boss.

Killie have now lost three games on the bounce following the split.

However, defender Greg Taylor is determined to ensure his side end their remarkable season on a high. Taylor - whose team face a midweek trip to Celtic Park before taking on Hearts at home on Sunday - said: "It's frustration as no-one likes losing games and we've lost three in a row now.

"We want that rot to stop so we'll look forward to Parkhead on Wednesday.

"I don't think motivation is the issue. If you can't get motivated for coming to places like Ibrox, Easter Road and Celtic Park then what game can you get up for?

"I wouldn't say that was the case though. Of course it was a relief to get into the top six and if we finish the season in fifth that will be a real positive.

"But we certainly don't want to be losing games and end the season on a downer."

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