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Steven Gerrard press conference – What he said

Steven Gerrard spoke to the media after being appointed Rangers manager on a four-year deal. Here are the best bits….On finances available from the board“There was a lot of positivity around their ambition, which matches mine. I have a confidence I can deliver here as a manager. I don’t think it’s the time to go …

Steven Gerrard spoke to the media after being appointed Rangers manager on a four-year deal. Here are the best bits….

On finances available from the board

“There was a lot of positivity around their ambition, which matches mine. I have a confidence I can deliver here as a manager. I don’t think it’s the time to go into much detail about what’s available and what’s been said to me in private meetings.”

On Rangers fans

“The supporters were another big reason why I wanted to come here and be a leader for them. Their loyalty, how they stuck by this club, is certainly one of the values that I believe in. I can’t wait to be out there leading this team in front of them.”

On the rebuilding task

“I need to get my feet in the door and my teeth in the job before I can weigh up exactly where we need to strengthen, where we need to improve.”

On his lack of experience

“I have weighed the gamble up and the risk and I understand other people thinking it is because it is my first job in management, but I have confidence in myself that I can deliver for these supporters. My parents brought me up in life to always front a challenge, if you feel like that challenge is the right one for you, go for it.”

On expectations

“In terms of targets, I just want to win football matches. That’s what I love doing, that’s my buzz, and that’s what I want to do here. That’s the demand here and I’m ready for that.”

On facing Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

“I haven’t spoken to Brendan recently regarding this role at all. But me and Brendan are fine, we always have been fine, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

On the pressures of managing in Glasgow

“Bring it on. I don’t mind being under intense pressure. I knew that before I decided to be Rangers manager and I’m up for the challenge.”

On working with director of football Mark Allen and chief scout Andy Scoulding

“The ball is already rolling in terms of looking about what we have got already and opportunities to strengthen. But we’re a team and we are looking forward to taking the process forward. I don’t think it’s important who has the final say, it’s about us working together for the benefit of Rangers. I’ve got every confidence that Mark and Andy can help me identify the players that we want.”

On assistant Gary McAllister

“He’ll be a big rock and a big support for me and he is very excited to take this. He played at Motherwell and obviously played for the national team but just his general knowledge, the way he carries himself and the way he treats people, I learnt so much off Gary as a human being and a footballer and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to take this challenge on with me.”

On his instinct

“I got a different feeling in my stomach from the previous opportunities I’ve had in terms of being a number one. There were a lot of things to think about but from that phone call I got a special feeling and I knew Rangers was for me.”

On the timescale of taking charge

“I’ve still got a couple of commitments with Liverpool that have been in the diary for a long time and I have to respect them. Liverpool Football Club have been top class in the last week to 10 days and been supportive and I have to show them the same level of respect. The same goes with BT and I have to respect a couple of commitments I have with them. On June 1, for me it starts for real and then we will come back in pre-season and I will speak to the players then.”

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