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Gary McAllister hints at Steven Gerrard's first big task as Rangers boss

Daily Record logoDaily Record 14/05/2018 Mark Walker

New Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has hinted Steven Gerrard will prioritise sorting out their side's defence first as they prepare to start their Ibrox revolution.

Rangers ended the season in third place for the second season in a row as they finished behind Aberdeen in second and champions Celtic.

Liverpool legends Gerrard and McAllister will take over at Rangers on June 1 and it's certain to be a fascinating adventure.

The pair have spent the past few days in Dubai as ambassadors of Liverpool and they appeared at the LFC World event in the United Arab Emirates.

Indeed, the pair warmed up for the challenges of Ibrox by embarking in a spot of dune bashing in the Gulf desert before they appeared at the event.

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But McAllister has revealed it's the Rangers defence who will need to be bashed into shape ahead of next season.

The pair watched Rangers' thrilling 5-5 with Hibs on Sunday and were spotted in animated conversation during the encounter.

And the 53-year-old, who won 57 caps for Scotland, admitted the Easter Road showdown gave him and his new boss plenty of food for thought.

He said: "When you watch the game and see a scoreline of 5-5 I think that kind of suggests what's wrong...

"But in fairness, there's a lot of positives there too. Going forward and scoring five goals away from home is good at least.

"Look, it's going to be a tough task.

"When I first sat down with Steven I saw the glint in his eye about the job of managing Rangers. I could see the hunger and desire and I'm exactly the same.

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"We are going to go up to Glasgow and give it our best shot.

"I'm really, really excited about it and so is Steven. Rangers are a massive, massive club and it will be a great challenge for us.

"We've both enjoyed ourselves in Dubai and been treated magnificently, but the hard work starts now."

McAllister has been a manager twice, at former clubs Coventry City and Leeds United. He's also been a coach at Middlesbrough under Gordon Strachan and at Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.

His only No.2 role was at Aston Villa under his former manager at Anfield Gerard Houllier.

And in his long career, there's no doubt who he regards as the most influential manager he's worked under.

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McAllister insisted: "Jurgen Klopp is a winner, that's a fact. Look at what he won in Germany - the Bundesliga twice against a very strong Bayern Munich, so he knows how to win.

"The momentum is building - I think he's building something very special in Liverpool. As soon as you win one trophy, more players will want to come.

"I just think it's the start of something incredible at Liverpool, it looks like it will spiral into something pretty special and we all hope he can lift the big one in Kiev in a couple of weeks."

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