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Rangers name Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard next manager

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Steven Gerrard of BT Sport looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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A long-standing dominance from Celtic in Scotland’s top flight has created a clear divide at the top of the country’s top flight, but their bitter rivals made a major move at the head coaching position that could help close the gap.

Rangers announced on Friday the appointment of Steven Gerrard on a four-year contract, as the former Liverpool midfielder succeeds Graeme Murty as manager.

“I am honoured to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition,” Gerrard said following his appointment. “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, who completed his professional career in 2016 in MLS with the LA Galaxy, previously spent his time coaching Liverpool’s Under-18 squad in 2017/18 as his first official managerial position.

The 37-year-old finished his PL career with 186 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, which ranks fifth all-time in club history.