Steven Gerrard has ruled out an exit from Rangers and insists he is ‘all in’ at Ibrox after he seemingly suggested that he was considering his future as manager of the club.
Rangers have endured a difficult period following their return from the winter break and have fallen 12 points adrift of Celtic in the title race, whilst the club’s hopes of silverware were further dented following a shock Scottish Cup exit to Hearts last weekend.
Speaking following the defeat, a dejected Gerrard suggested he was considering his future, though ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Hamilton says he is raring to go following the club’s recent disappointments.
“This is when the club needs me most to stay on,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“If you want to survive at this level you have to bounce back.
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“I self-reflect, what I can and need to do better. Saturday was a low and I won’t deny that. I will always be honest.
“I am all in. I signed up to something here and I knew there would be real setbacks. We are always going to be challenged here. My job is to find solutions that give us long-term success.
“I have to identify why we go from Braga’s performance to 72 hours later not doing justice – but that is an exciting challenge for me. I don’t fear that challenge.”
Rangers have shown signs of progress by reaching the last-16 of the Europa League where they have been drawn to face German side Bayer Leverkusen, though are now facing the prospect of a second season without silverware under Gerrard.
Despite that possibility, however, the 39-year-old says he remains committed to the cause and gave a definitive answer when asked if he had considered his position following the weekend loss.
“Long term? No, no. I’m OK, good, ready for the next challenge, which is Hamilton,” he insisted.
“I have done a real lot of thinking to myself and shared those thoughts with people around me, and I am ready to go again.
“I’ve had a lot of calls from the board since the weekend and the support for the players, my staff and myself has been incredible.”