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Happy days: Steven Gerrard is glad sporting director job has been filled
Happy days: Steven Gerrard is glad sporting director job has been filled

By Andy Newport

Steven Gerrard was glad to see a "void" at Rangers quickly filled by a new sporting director.

Ross Wilson left Southampton to take up his new role with the Govan club earlier this week.

The 36-year-old, who started his career at Falkirk before moving to Watford and Huddersfield, replaces Mark Allen, who announced last month he was leaving Ibrox for family reasons.

Boss Gerrard is happy that the disruption was minimal.

"I've had two or three really long conversations with Ross that will remain private," he said. "I am pleased that the club have acted quickly to replace Mark Allen because there was a void.

"Mark has done a fantastic job and in the weeks he has been missing I certainly have felt a void. Mark was a rock for me and I bounced off him every day.

"So I have to give the club credit for acting quickly and I am really looking forward to working beside Ross.

"He has done a fantastic job at Southampton. It has given me time to find out more about him, how he works and have really detailed conversations so we can't wait to start the relationship."

Gerrard was speaking before picking up his Manager of the Month award for September, with striker Alfredo Morelos winning the Players' Award.

Following their 1-0 defeat by Celtic, the Gers won their next three league games, as well as a 1-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord and a 1-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final win at Livingston.

Rangers lead Celtic at the top by two points and travel to face Hearts at Tynecastle tomorrow.

Gerrard said: "We've got Ryan Kent and Jon Flanagan back and Ryan Jack as close as we can but when you are in a good moment, from that point of view the break came at a bad time.

"It is important that we carry on where we left off and try to keep that consistency going."

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