Rangers have confirmed that former Liverpool and England international Steven Gerrard is their new manager.
A three-year deal has been agreed that will see Gerrard – who has only previously coached Liverpool’s Under-18s – take his first step into first-team management.
“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition,” the new Ibrox boss said in a statement.
“I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved.”
Gerrard is set to be joined in Glasgow by former Reds team-mate and ex-Scotland captain Gary McAllister, who will be named as his assistant.
Graeme Murty was axed as Rangers boss on Tuesday after seeing his side suffer a record league 5-0 mauling by Celtic 48 hours earlier.
The onus of trying to topple Brendan Rodgers’ all-conquering Hoops will now fall on to Gerrard – who served as Rodgers’ captain during his Anfield reign.
That remains an almighty task given that the Parkhead club are 11 games unbeaten against their bitter rivals, but Gerrard has been given assurances from Gers chairman Dave King he will be given the resources needed to take on his former boss.