What Rangers duo Douglas Park and Ross Wilson had to say on Steven Gerrard's exit

Rangers have paid tribute to the work Steven Gerrard did at the club.
Ross Wilson has paid tribute to the work done by Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)Ross Wilson has paid tribute to the work done by Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Ross Wilson has paid tribute to the work done by Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Aston Villa confirmed Gerrard as their new head coach and he leaves Ibrox after three-and-half-seasons having delivered the league title last season.

A statement hailed the “key role” he played in the “significant growth” across different areas of the club, including putting together “an outstanding, highly competitive playing squad" and ensuring “the highest of standards” are “prevalent throughout the football department”.

Chairman Douglas Park

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“I would firstly like to put on record my thanks to Steven for his outstanding efforts over the last three-and-a-half years at Rangers.

“He has provided us all with some unforgettable moments, not least his delivery of the Scottish Premiership title back to Ibrox last season having not lost a match in the entire league campaign.

“In European competition, he has restored the good name and credibility of our club on the continent and leaves us in a very healthy position on the pitch.”

Sporting Director Ross Wilson

“Firstly I want to say thank you to Steven for the work, dedication and professionalism with which he has diligently carried out the role of Rangers Manager.

“Steven and his backroom staff have ensured that the club is undoubtedly in a better place today than it was three-and-a-half years ago. I joined Steven on that journey just over two years ago and from the first day we met, I have enjoyed all aspects of our partnership.

“We have shared a desire to move Rangers forward, to modernise our infrastructure and to make the club win again. There have been so many areas that we have moved forward, and there is still so much to be done, but I can’t stress enough how important it has been to have with us a first team manager who shared a drive and desire to set standards and move the whole football operation forward.

“I know how much it meant to Steven that our 55th league championship was achieved last season, and alongside an excellent European record across his tenure, we have had some truly memorable days and nights. Personally, I am proud of the work that we have done together along with all of the players and staff, and I know Steven shares that pride. We wish Steven nothing but success for his next chapter.”

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