Date Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 2:43
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists he is in for a long trip to Ibrox, after welcoming the support he received from President Dave King.
The former Liverpool captain was appointed for four years in the summer and made an impressive start in his rookie year as manager.
His leader can climb to the top of Premier Ladbrokes on Sunday, winning the Hearts, while they are still hunting for the last 32 European Leagues before the showdown with Villarreal on Thursday night.
Gerrard insists that it would not be possible without the King's support, football director Mark Allen, general manager Stewart Robertson, and the rest of the Light Blues board.
And he says he looks forward to a long partnership together.
Gerrard, who spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Rangers International Football Club at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, said: "I would like to thank Dave for the support he gave me since the first day, and the rest of the council.
"I was very supportive to myself and my staff and I would like to thank Mark and Stewart, with whom I work daily.
"Without the support behind me and my coaching staff, we would not have been able to get what we have until now.
"I can assure everyone that we will always put the effort we need to continue moving the club on the ground and we will continue to try to attract the best possible players to bring success back to this incredible club.
"I feel like I'm in a position so blessed to be here as a manager. I hope to stay here for a very long time and share some good moments together."
However, Gerrard was forced to defend the club's handling of former captain Lee Wallace after an angry shareholder hit the "disgusting" treatment of the left-back.
Wallace was stripped of the captain after a bust-up with interim chief Graeme Murty following the Rangers 4-0 Scottish Cup semifinals hammering Celtic last season.
Wallace – who has been stuck by the club after liquidation – has only made a look for this term as he continues to struggle with the wound.
But Gerrard said, "I have to pay my respect for Lee in terms of his professionalism while he's trying to fit.
"To be truly honest, he is part of the plans while he is here, but I have better options in this position.
"My relationship with Lee is good. It trains us every day and it's hard to get back into the squad."