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Steven Gerrard says it was a "pretty simple decision" as Steven Davis looks set to sign new Rangers contract

Gerrard has improved Rangers’ fortunes since succeeding Pedro Caixinha (Ian Rutherford/PA)
Gerrard has improved Rangers’ fortunes since succeeding Pedro Caixinha (Ian Rutherford/PA)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has all but confirmed he has signed a new contract extension with Rangers and that it didn't take long for him to agree it either.

The Liverpool legend has been inspirational for the Ibrox men, leading their resurgence back to the top of the Scottish game to where they are challenging Celtic once more.

They came close to dethroning their rivals last weekend when they dominated the League Cup final against Neil Lennon's, only to lose 1-0 to the 10-men Hoops.

But the work Gerrard has done has seen the club return to their former glories and that has, in turn, revitalised the Englishman, who wasted no time in agreeing the deal.

Having left his role as a youth coach at Liverpool to take on his first managerial role, the 39-year-old has excelled, taking Rangers to second in the Premiership last season, the same position they are in now.

"It was a pretty simple decision. I'm happy here," claimed Gerrard, whose new deal isn't yet officially over the line.

"The club approached me a week to 10 days ago about a new deal. Talks have been pretty straightforward and positive.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to manage and lead this football club. I'm as hungry and determined to get the good days back here as I ever was."

As well as that, it looks like good news for Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, who seems set to earn a new contract at Ibrox as well as one of Gerrard's trusted on-field lieutenants.

Davis came back for a second spell at the Gers, initially on a loan deal from Southampton before agreeing a long-term deal at the club following the conclusion of his short-term stay.

But now it seems he has earned an even longer pact with the team, along with goalkeeper Allan McGregor, despite still having a year and a half to run on his current contract.

"Allan McGregor and Steven Davis' deals are imminent," Gerrard added. "They're all agreed. They are two players I want around on a year extension on top of this year."

As well as Davis and McGregor, Gerrard has also set his sights on keeping one of his other experienced heads around beyond the end of this campaign.

"Jermain's is a bit different because he's obviously a Bournemouth's player until the end of the year. But it's a similar situation in that we want him to stay around," continued the 39-year-old.

The immediate challenge for Gerrard now is to pick his troops back up after their heartbreaking League Cup final defeat to Celtic at the weekend, a game Rangers dominated.

Fraser Forster was in incredible form as the 10-man Hoops held on for victory, and now the Liverpudlian had challenged his players to bounce back by progressing to the Europa League knockouts.

As long as the Gers avoid defeat against Young Boys at Ibrox on Thursday night then they will make it through to the play-offs for the first time since 2011.

"We need to get back on it," he said. "Having analysed the performances and what the players gave me I am very proud of them.

"At a club like Rangers you have to take the rough with the smooth, we are trying to create a real humble squad. After a disappointment, yes, you need to heal but the best part of this game is the chance to change the whole mood around the club. We are ready to go.

"Our performances in Europe have been fantastic. We would always have taken this situation when we started our journey against St Joseph's, now we need to make sure we go and finish the job.

"I don't think a Rangers team has ever topped a European group. And if you think about where the club was at when we arrived, to potentially going through top, it is great for the club."

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