Dave King applauds Steven Gerrards start as Rangers manager

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

King was full of praise for Rangers boss Gerrard and Mark Allen for their work in the transfer window.

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers chairman Dave King has told the club's official website that he is pleased with Steven Gerrard's start to life as manager at Ibrox, and applauded his and Mark Allen's work in the transfer window.

Gerrard, 38, guided Rangers into the second round of Europa League qualifying on Tuesday night with a 0-0 draw against FK Shkupi of Macedonia.

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The Gers' 2-0 first-leg triumph thanks to goals from Jamie Murphy and James Tavernier was enough to send Rangers through, though they had to rely on goalkeeper Allan McGregor at times to pull off a number of saves.

King was full of praise for Gerrard's efforts and his start to life at Ibrox, as he has already done something Pedro Caixinha failed to do - following last season's loss to Progres Niederkorn. King also praised the work in the transfer window.

"In that regard, it was pleasing to see the new squad settling down with the successful navigation last night (especially after last year) of a potentially tricky Europa League fixture with two clean sheets to the players’ credit," King said.

"On this point, I am conscious that we were top scorers in the SPFL last season but conceded far too many goals to be able to finish higher than third.

"This leakage will be much reduced in the coming season thanks to the efforts of Mark [Allen] and Steven in the transfer market. This team will continue to improve which makes me more relaxed for this coming season than I have been for any since regime change."

Rangers chairman Dave King looks on from the stands during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gerrard and Allen have made nine summer signings since moving to Ibrox, bringing in McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Scott Arfield, Lassana Coulibaly, Ovie Ejaria, Jamie Murphy and Umar Sadiq.

Rangers will be awaiting Thursday night's clash between Moldovan outfit CS Petrocub and Croatian side NK Osijek, with the winner of the tie facing Rangers. The current score on aggregate is 1-1.

Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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