Rangers boss wins Scottish writers’ manager award – fr

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Rangers boss wins Scottish writers’ manager award – fr


Steven Gerrard and Rangers to receive Premiership trophy on Sunday

Steven Gerrard was voted Scottish Football Writers’ Manager of the Year after leading Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title.

Callum Davidson of St Johnstone, Steve Clarke of Scotland and David Martindale of Livingston were also on the shortlist.

Gerrard, in his third season with manager Ibrox, won the club’s first high-flying title in 10 years.

He said “I certainly cherish the award” but praised Ibrox everyone.

“I receive it collectively with my staff,” he said. “I think we’ve achieved the success we’ve had this season as a staff team. “

The former England and Liverpool captain took his first senior management role when he moved to Scotland in 2018.

“I think I said at my first press conference that I had an idea of ​​this offer,” he said. “I felt like there was a connection to be made.

“I had admired the club from afar for many years and had come here and tasted the atmosphere and what the fans were doing.

“But I also had the training to know what the institution was all about and what it meant to people and it was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

Gerrard admitted he felt the burden of keeping up with former Ibrox managers before winning the title – and preventing Celtic from winning a record 10th consecutive crown.

“When I first took on the job, you feel the size of the job, the pressure and the responsibility of the job and it’s because of the managers who came before him – Walter Smith and Graeme Souness as two recent ones.” , did he declare. .

“And it’s a difficult position because you have to try to follow in their footsteps and try to add to the wonderful success that they have had. Sitting here now after producing a league and a historic league, it still is. satisfactory. “

As Rangers won their 55th league title and reached the last 16 in the Europa League, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals of both domestic cup competitions, a record Gerrard aimed to improve next season.

The votes were cast by members of the Scottish Football Writers’ Association before Davidson, in his managerial debut, continued St Johnstone’s League Cup success by beating St Mirren this weekend to reach also the Scottish Cup final.

Scotland head coach Clarke was elected in the top four after leading the national team to their first major tournament in 23 years, the delayed final of Euro 2020 this summer.

Martindale made the list after winning his first eight games as Livingston boss, tasting defeat only in his 15th, reaching the Betfred Cup final and guiding his side into the top six.

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