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Big task: Steven Gerrard admits the Rangers job is all-consuming

Big task: Steven Gerrard admits the Rangers job is all-consuming

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Big task: Steven Gerrard admits the Rangers job is all-consuming

Jurgen Klopp warned Steven Gerrard that managing Rangers would be an all-consuming task - but the Ibrox boss admits it was only once he made the move to Glasgow that he discovered the full extent of the role.

The former Liverpool and England captain will rack up his 100th game as Rangers boss tomorrow when he takes his team to Edinburgh to face Hearts.

There have been the highs of twice qualifying for the Europa League group stages and lows like seeing Celtic claim all four of the domestic trophies his side have competed for so far.

But those were the kind of things the 39-year-old was prepared for having spent almost two decades experiencing everything the game has to offer as one of the world's best players.

However, Gerrard admits the thing that has taken him aback - despite being cautioned by Reds boss Klopp - is just how much of the task of rebuilding Rangers has taken over his life.

"It's been a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed," said the 2005 Champions League winner. "This is a massive job, a massive club and I've enjoyed the ride so far.

"There have been a lot of ups, there have been some downs; exactly what I expected, but I'm sitting here just as hungry and ambitious as I was when I arrived.

"Hopefully I'm still around for the next 100 games. I'd like to think I've grown and learned from mistakes I've made. I'd like to think I've done some things okay along the way as well.

"I believe there is more still to come from these players. We've got a really ambitious group, we've been through a lot in a short space of time. One hundred per cent we've improved, we've added some fantastic talent to the group that has helped us and that will continue.

"I'm still young and inexperienced. People who said I lacked experience at the start were right, but there's only one way to get it and that's to get in there and face the challenges. That's what me and my staff have tried to do. We're a new group but we're all ambitious and hungry. We've done ever so well to get to where we are but there's still a lot of work to be done and we're all aware of that.

"We've come very close to getting that first bit of success. We've had European qualification and progression (to the last-32) which is a massive achievement from where the club was.

"But I know you get judged on trophies. That won't change going into my next 100 games.

"There's been a few surprises, but it's everything I expected. A lot of pressure, big responsibility. A job that goes round the clock.

"If anyone has plans on going into coaching and thinks they can put a time on it then forget about it as your phone and the job goes on round the clock.

"Maybe that's one part that has shocked me. You don't get away from it and switch off. You are constantly on the phone or checking up on players. Jurgen Klopp warned me about that and he was right."

Gerrard is expecting "good news" on Jermain Defoe's contract talks. The 37-year-old former England striker is out of contract with Bournemouth in the summer and Gerrard is desperate to make his Ibrox loan a permanent arrangement.

But he insists Sevilla target Alfredo Morelos is going nowhere. He said: "Alfredo is not for sale. Nothing has changed."

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