Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told supporters he and his staff are working ’round the clock’ to deliver success at Ibrox next season, as reported by The Daily Record.
It’s a year to the day since the manager’s unveiling as Rangers boss, news that took world football by storm and highlighted just how attractive a club we can be to some of the biggest names in the game.
He’s had a difficult 12 months in the time since and his debut campaign hasn’t exactly gone to plan, with the team exiting cup competitions early and falling well short of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
Nonetheless he is relishing the role and is looking forward to putting the pieces together to challenge next season.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the 38-year-old said:
You’ve got to appreciate, realise and respect the challenge and do everything you can as quickly as you can to get it right and bring some good times back for these fans.
I don’t know how long it will take to the day but I’m confident we will get there and we’re doing everything we can on and off the pitch to make this a team that can go and challenge for the big awards. We’re doing everything – around the clock.
I’m a football man and from the outside thought I knew a lot about Scottish football. But in the seat the job smacks you in the face and the challenges come from all kinds of different angles.
It’s a lot bigger than I thought but I’m just as proud sitting here as Rangers manager and I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months.
The biggest immediate problem for staff at Ibrox is getting our summer recruitment right. We can’t afford any mistakes in the upcoming transfer window because we are already at a resource disadvantage compared to Celtic.
Another of course is the upcoming European qualifiers. Gerrard will be looking to match our run to the UEFA Europa League group stages this season and fans now won’t settle for anything less.
There are massive challenges ahead but it’s exciting to hear that the manager is completely up for it, despite all the pressure on his shoulders.