Publication date: Tuesday 27 November 2018 2:43
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists he is in it for a long time at Ibrox after taking the back he has received from chairman Dave King.
The former Liverpool captain was appointed for a four-year deal in the summer and has made an impressive start in his rookie year as a boss.
His side can climb to the top of Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday with victory over Hearts, while continuing on the hunt for the final 32 in the European League before Thursday's showdown with Villarreal.
Gerrard insists on anything that would not be possible without the support of King, chief of football Mark Allen, CEO Stewart Robertson and the rest of the Light Blues Board.
And he says he is looking forward to a long-term partnership.
Gerrard, who spoke at the Rangers International Football Club's annual general meeting in Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium, said: "I want to thank Dave for the support he has given me since day one and also the rest of the board.
"They have really supported me and my staff and I want to thank Mark and Stewart, whom I work with daily.
"Without support behind myself and my coaching staff, we would not have been able to achieve what we have so far.
"I can assure everyone that we are going to give every bit of time and effort we have to keep moving the club forward on schedule and we continue to try to attract the best players who can help to get back to this incredible club.
"I feel that I am in such a blessed position to be here as a manager. I hope I stay here for a long time and we share some really good times together."
But Gerrard had to defend the club's management of former shipwright Lee Wallace after an angry shareholder hit the left back's "disgusting" treatment.
Wallace was cut off by the captain after a bust-up with interim boss Graeme Murty in the aftermath of Rangers 4-0 Scottish Cup semifinal hammering of Celtic last season.
Wallace – stuck by the club after liquidation – has made only a substitute appearance this term as he continues to fight with injury.
But Gerrard said, "I have to pay my respect towards Lee in terms of his professionalism while trying to get fit.
"To be really open, he is still part of the plans while he is here but I have better options in that position.
"My relationship with Lee is good. He coaches us every day and strives hard to regain his place in the team."