Steven Gerrard: Ally McCoist welcomes Rangers’ choice of ex-Liverpool captain

Steven Gerrard: Ally McCoist welcomes Rangers’ choice of ex-Liverpool captain

Rangers’ appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new manager has “put Scottish football back on the map”, says former Ibrox boss Ally McCoist.

The former Liverpool captain has agreed a four-year deal to take over in June.

Gerrard, 37, made 710 appearances and won nine trophies for Liverpool over 19 years and earned 114 England caps.

“It’s magic for Scottish football,” McCoist told BBC Radio 5 live. “A global name like Steven Gerrard will create interest throughout the world.”

Gerrard, who replaces interim manager Graeme Murty at the Scottish Premiership club, was greeted at Ibrox by a sizeable crowd and described his decision to accept Rangers’ offer as “a no-brainer”.

He said he would need to get his “feet in the door and teeth into the job” before assessing what needed to be done and confirmed that former Scotland captain and Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister would be his assistant.

“He won’t know what to expect,” former Rangers striker McCoist said. “And he will get a shock at the scrutiny, and the pressure and 24/7 hours that he’ll have to do.

“But it certainly won’t deter him, it won’t scare him and I think he’ll handle it fine. He’s lived with pressure for the vast majority of his footballing life. All that matters is that he wins games of football.”

Murty left his post on Tuesday with Rangers third in the Premiership. His assistants, Jimmy Nicholl and Jonatan Johansson, will in charge for the final three games of the season, starting at home against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

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