sport news Steven Gerrard relishing tough Rangers task as he admits 'I am absolutely ...

Steven Gerrard admits he is 'absolutely desperate' to get going as Rangers manager and progress his plans to improve the club.

The Liverpool legend formally begins a four-year contract on Friday, having been unveiled at Ibrox on May 4.

Gerrard was in the south of France on Thursday to watch Portugal Under-21s play Japan at the Toulon Tournament, remaining at the venue to take in Canada's subsequent encounter with Turkey. One player on show already known to him was 18-year-old Canadian forward Liam Millar, who is part of the Liverpool youth set-up.

Steven Gerrard formally begins his four-year contract with Rangers on Friday

Steven Gerrard formally begins his four-year contract with Rangers on Friday

The 38-year-old is expected to undertake further club business in the coming days before returning to Glasgow next week. Rangers will then step up preparations for next season by heading to Spain on June 17 for a ten-day training camp.

Gerrard has been in regular contact with Ibrox director of football Mark Allen since his appointment and is confident that planning will soon bear fruit.

Speaking to the Rangers website on Thursday night, Gerrard said: 'Tomorrow, June 1, is the day I have been waiting for and I am absolutely desperate to get started officially in my role as the manager of Rangers Football Club. Just saying that excites and motivates me so much.

'Although the players won't report back from their breaks until later this month I am looking forward to meeting them and also welcoming some new faces to this fantastic club.

'Along with Mark (Allen) and my backroom team we have already been working on our plans and strategy for the new season. We know what we want to achieve and we also know what will be required to meet the challenges ahead, but we will be ready.

'Indeed, over the next week or so, I will be engaged in work and activities outwith

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