Only three years after he last laced up his cleats for Liverpool F.C., Steven Gerrard is headed to Scotland to become the manager of Rangers F.C., one of the two titans of Scottish soccer, in the Scottish Premier League.
Since early 2017, he has been working as a youth coach at Liverpool, the same club where Gerrard became an icon of the game as a player.
"I am honored to become the next manager of Rangers. I have enormous respect for this football club, and its history and tradition," Gerrard said in a statement on the Rangers website.
"I can’t wait to start this new journey at Rangers as we look to build on the many successes that this Club has achieved."
The club's chairman Dave King said in that same statement, that, "From the very beginning, talks have been extremely positive and we believe that Steven is the right man to drive Rangers forward."
Gerrard is taking over a club that currently sits third in the Scottish Premier League table, albeit thirteen points behind its fiercest rival, fellow Glasgow-based club Celtic F.C.
For Gerrard, taking over the Rangers should be an excellent opportunity to hone his managerial skills in a lower level league.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are likely hoping that the former Liverpool and England captain is the man to restore a club with a fairly tumultous recent history to its former glory.
The Rangers were liquidated and sent to the fourth tier of Scottish soccer in 2012, and while the club has managed to fight its way back into the Scottish top flight, during this time Celtic has come to dominate the Scottish Premier League. Interestingly, Celtic are currently managed by Brendan Rodgers, who previously coached Gerrard at Liverpool.