TRIBUTES have been paid by Glasgow's football stars to a former Liverpool manager after he passed away. 

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Celtic are among those to share messages of condolences to the family of Gerard Houllier, who has died aged 73. 

The Frenchman managed the English team from 1998-2004 and led them to five major trophies, including the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2000-01.

Gerrard was a key member of that side and took to Instagram to pay his respects, writing: "Devastated to hear the news my former manager Gerard Houllier has passed away.


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"I will never forget what this man did for me and my career. Rest in peace, Boss. YNWA (You'll Never Walk Alone)."

Prior to Liverpool, Houllier managed Lens, Paris St-Germain and the French national team, and after leaving the Reds won two Ligue 1 titles at Lyon.

His last managerial job was at Aston Villa, but he left in 2011 after nine months, following heart problems.

Rangers also moved to pass on their condolences and praise the Frenchman for his "immense contribution" to football.

A statement read: "Everyone at Rangers would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the Houllier family and the wider football community at this difficult time.

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"This is a sad day for football as we acknowledge the immense contribution that Gérard made to the sport we all hold dear."

In a 2003 interview, Houllier claimed he had been approached to become manager of Celtic in the late 1990s and today the Glasgow team joined in tributes to him. 

The club wrote in a statement: "Everyone at #CelticFC sends their condolences to the family and friends of former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier who has sadly passed away."