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Rangers boss left "devastated" at passing of ex-manager Gérard Houllier

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says he is “devastated” after the passing of former Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier in a special tribute to his former Boss.

Taking to Instagram, Stevie G was reflecting on the man who gave him his first chance at Anfield and paid tribute to the Frenchman who died aged 73 this week.

In the tribute Gerrard writes:

“Devastated 💔to hear the news my former manager Gerard Houllier has passed away. I will never forget what this man did for me and my career. Rest in peace Boss ❤️ YNWA x”

Houllier managed the Reds between 1998 and 2004, leading them to five major trophies including an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2000/01.

Prior to moving to Merseyside, Houllier had spells managing Lens, PSG and the French national team but it is with Steven Gerrard’s side he really made his name.

After leaving Anfield, Houllier would go on to win two Ligue 1 titles with Lyon and eventually returned to England to take charge of Aston Villa.

However, the Frenchman would leave this role 2011 after only nine months in charge, following “heart problems” [BBC Sport].

Houllier remains a popular figure at Anfield and was in charge to give Steven Gerrard his breakthrough chance at Liverpool.

Gerard Houllier gave a young Steven Gerrard a chance at Liverpool. The Rangers boss is said to be “devastated” about the Frenchman’s passing. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

Stevie G – who would carve out a 17-year playing career with the Reds – was debuted as an 18-year-old in Houllier’s first season and never looked back.

Rangers boss Gerrard has previously paid tribute to an Ibrox staffer and ex-Liverpool doctor he brought to the club, who is widely credited with saving Houllier’s life in 2001.

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