Steven Gerrard has commended the rate where Rangers appointed Ross Wilson as sporting manager to fill the”void” left by the departure of Mark Allen.
Rangers appointed the previous manager of football operations of Southampton on Monday to substitute Allen, who abandoned his position as director of football after two years in this post last month at Ibrox.
Gerrard, who obtained the Manager of the Month award earlier on Friday, was excited about what the pair could achieve collectively and said he had held a couple of conversations with Wilson.
“I’m pleased that the club have acted fast to replace Mark Allen since there was a emptiness. Mark did a great project,” Gerrard said.
“The weeks he was missing I’ve felt a void. Mark was a rock for me that I bounced off every day so I must give the club credit for locating a replacement and acting.
“I’m really excited about working alongside Ross. He has done a great job.
“It’s given me some a while to learn more about himhow he works and have some really detailed conversations so we can’t wait to begin the relationship. It’s only around the corner so that is great news for the club”
Rangers will aim a fifth successive league victory when they travel to face Hearts on Sunday and Gerrard has called on his side to”embrace the pressure” since they aim to build on their two-point lead over Glasgow competitions and champions Celtic.
“It is always great to sit of course it is. It’s a reward for the players for how well they’ve played how consistent they have been and just how well they recovered from the Old Firm defeat,” that the Rangers boss said.
“We definitely have to be there but we are under no illusions how tough it will be to stay there.
“I think that has become the motivation to try and stay there so long as we could and keep performing at the amount we have been. Really adopt the strain, embrace being high and revel in it. [To] work as hard as we can is the obstacle.”
Hearts were without a win from their opening five league matches before success in the Edinburgh derby from Hibernian a month anddespite their difficult start to the effort, Gerrard is anticipating an”intimidating” atmosphere.
“I believe Hearts have been in a false position should you take a close look at the employees they have got in the group,” said Gerrard of a side who held that the eight-point direct at a young stage last season.
“Should you roll the clock back 12 months they were still sitting eight points clear at the peak of the league so they’ve the ability and the players and the management staff to move the league.
“I think at times they haven’t obtained the results perhaps their performances [have] deserved.”