RANGERS have confirmed that Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard and his players have agreed to defer their wages for the next three months in order to safeguard other employees' salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Glasgow club haven't played since the SFA and SPFL Joint Response Group suspended all football on the back of government and expert medical advice on March 13.

Players at several Ladbrokes Premiership clubs, including Aberdeen, Hibernian, Hearts and , have either accepted pay cuts or agreed to defer their salaries and now Rangers have followed their lead.

Elsewhere, Rangers confirmed they have placed several non-playing staff on the coronavirus job retention scheme - but would top up what they received on furlough to ensure they were paid in full.

The statement on the official Rangers website read: "As with all businesses throughout the United Kingdom and beyond, Rangers is continuing to deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have carefully considered measures which ensure that all employees are treated fairly and with respect whilst we safeguard our club finances in such uncertain times.

"No professional football club or business is immune to the challenges of this unprecedented situation and as a club, we will continue to review actions necessary to navigate our way responsibly in such a changeable environment.

"Rangers can confirm that first team players, manager, coaches and executive directors have volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next three months. Senior players and staff were keen to ensure that no Rangers employee suffered financial hardship during this crisis.

"All parties volunteered and wholeheartedly agreed to defer wages to ensure that fellow colleagues could continue to be paid their salaries in full.

"We are proud of the leadership and responsibility taken by senior members of staff, and acknowledge the positive impact that this will have on everyone at Rangers. "We firmly believe in the ‘one club’ concept and are united in our collective goal of making Rangers the very best in every facet of football life. We are resolved that the integrity of the club is maintained as we continue our focus on ensuring the financial stability of the business.

The statement continued: "Due to the extraordinary challenges from the ongoing crisis, Rangers intends to implement the coronavirus job retention scheme for a number of employees.

"Rangers will ensure that everyone furloughed under this government scheme will receive 100 per cent salary through ‘top up’ assistance from the club with all other conditions and benefits remaining unchanged.

"We are proud of the continued efforts and support of everyone at Rangers during this difficult period.

"Finally, we wish all our supporters and their families good health during this time. We are especially thankful for the tireless work of NHS staff and other key workers who are selflessly working to keep us all safe and well. Please continue to follow government guidelines at this time."

Speaking on behalf of the Rangers squad, Ibrox captain James Tavernier said: “I want to place on record our appreciation to every single member of staff for their determination and resolve during these unprecedented events. I’m very proud of the reaction of everyone at Rangers to the challenge we face throughout the UK and beyond.

“As a team, we were adamant that we work together to do all we can to secure the future of the football club. We are also acutely aware of the livelihoods and wellbeing of our staff.

“In reality, it was an easy decision for players and senior staff. Now is the time to work with unity of purpose, as the Rangers family, to ensure that everyone works together to maintain our institution. Today has made me proud to be Rangers captain.”