Peter Lovenkrands will be back at Ibrox next season.
The former Denmark winger was a fan favourite at Rangers as he tore Scottish defences apart at will between 2000 and 2006, winning the Scottish Premiership title on two occasions. And, after an 11-year exile, Lovenkrands returned in May 2017, working under Graeme Murty in Rangers’ academy system.
It seems his work has earned him a promotion. The 38-year-old has officially joined the new backroom staff being put together by Steven Gerrard according to the Daily Record (live blog, 1.59pm), signing a full-time contract to coach the reserve side.
And Rangers fans could not be happier to see Lovenkrands back.
Congratulations Peter. It must be a very exciting time to be at Rangers. Let's go!— West Mids Loyal (@WestMidsLoyal) June 13, 2018
Outstanding news Peter. Kids have nothing but praise for you. We can see how much they have pushed on under you. Well deserved— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) June 13, 2018
Great news Peter! Well deserved mate.— Coco (@C0BRO) June 13, 2018
Happy to have you at Rangers— Bradley (@RfcBradley) June 13, 2018
Great news - you were the ultimate professional as a player , you will be a great influence as youth coach— Gary C (@Gazcalder) June 13, 2018
well done peter am sure you will do a great job always a 100% player and am sure that will rub off on the young lads good luck for the future— geordie4life (@antoniobonhomme) June 13, 2018
Lovenkrands was initially brought back to Glasgow during the reign of Pedro Caixinha, who wanted coaches with a knowledge and experience of Scottish football. Therefore, the former Rangers favourite could also be of use to Gerrard, who is embarking on his maiden managerial voyage, having spent all of his playing career south of the border at Liverpool.
A number of exciting young talents have emerged from Auchenhowie in recent times and Lovenkrands will be hoping that the likes of Glenn Middleton come on leaps and bounds under his watchful eye.