Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that it is written into his contract that he has to wear a suit on matchday at Ibrox 0 and admitted he had it “ready for days” before his first game.

Rangers bosses have traditionally worn a suit on matchdays – although there are odd exceptions – and the long-standing tradition is one that fans still hold on to dearly.

Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (L) shakes hands with Rangers chairman Dave King (R) as he is unveiled as Rangers' new manager at a press conference at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on May 4, 2018. - Rangers on Friday confirmed former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard as their new manager, announcing he would join the Scottish Premiership club this summer on a four-year deal.

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The Gers boss confessed that when he was first presented as Gers boss in 2018, he wore his own suit but thought that the look of previous bosses was “really class and traditional” before following in the brown brogues of his predecessors.

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“That was my own suit but I’d obviously looked at Rangers managers in the past and I thought they looked really class and traditional in the navy blue suit,” Gerrard told UEFA‘s website, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But look, in the contract at Rangers you wear a suit because Rangers is a class club and you need to look as smart and professional as you can on the side.

 

“I had that suit ready for days. I was so excited and pumped up for that day because it was a huge moment in my managerial career and a very proud day for myself.”

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Gerrard has sometimes worn training gear pitchside for friendlies but has strictly adhered to the suit rule on matchdays, although if he is going to stick to tradition then he could do with showing up to Ibrox without the stubble.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 29: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on February 29, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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It’s a little bit surprising that the club have actually had it written into his contract that the manager must wear a suit, despite it being tradition for a long time.

While it doesn’t mean a huge amount in the grand scheme of things, it is one of those nice little touches that Rangers have carried on for years – and will hopefully continue for many more.

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