Steven Gerrard Signs Contract Extension at Rangers Until 2024

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2019

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 12: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group G match between Rangers FC and BSC Young Boys at Ibrox Stadium on December 12, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Steven Gerrard has signed a two-year contract extension at Rangers that will keep him at the club until 2024.

The Scottish club announced the news on Friday:

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Steven’s backroom staff, Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Colin Stewart, Jordan Milsom, Mark Waller, Scott Mason and Graeme Stevenson have also renewed their contracts at the Club. https://t.co/XnieNMHAou

Gerrard took charge of Rangers in June 2018. 

The 39-year-old told Rangers' official website:

"I'm delighted to be extending my stay at this fantastic football club.

"When [chairman] Dave King approached me about the possibility of extending my contract with Rangers, it was a very easy decision to make because I'm very happy and feel that we are building something special together at the club."

Gerrard's extension comes after his side secured a place in the first knockout round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday:

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Steven Gerrard is loving life at Rangers 🥳 He's guided the club past the group stages of a European tournament for the first time since 2006-07 👏 https://t.co/GroTgyepGi

Rangers finished second in Group G behind Porto and ahead of Young Boys and Feyenoord.

They earned a 1-1 draw with Young Boys on Thursday. Alfredo Morelos gave the Scottish outfit the lead, and they held on for the point despite a late own-goal from Borna Barisic (U.S. and UK only, respectively):

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Alfredo Morelos pounces on the mistake by the Young Boys back line 💫 ➡️ https://t.co/nxAP6jrxrI https://t.co/0Gmzp63m2k

Rangers will be pleased with the team's domestic progress under Gerrard, too.

He guided them to second in the Scottish Premiership last season. They finished eight points and a place higher than they had in the previous campaign, having scored six more goals and conceded 23 fewer.

This season, they're two points behind leaders Celtic after 15 matches having lost just once.

They also finished runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday. Rangers were unfortunate not to win it, as they dominated their rivals throughout but could not find a way past Fraser Forster, while Celtic's goal should have been disallowed for offside.