Steven Gerrard delivers Rangers 1st League title since 2011
When Steven Gerrard took charge at Rangers in 2018, he had a monumental job on his hands. The playing squad were still some distance from their city rivals Celtic and had just finished the 2017/18 season in a disappointing third place.
Fast forward almost three years, though, and this Rangers side are a different animal. Gerrard has just delivered the club’s 55th league title and their first since 2011. It’s the first since the demotion to Scotland’s fourth tier in 2012, a title that ends Celtic‘s attempt at a historic 10 league trophies in a row.
It has been a long and winding journey for the Rangers faithful. After being sent to the fourth tier of Scottish football, the club saw three promotions in four years. The supporters’ loyalty never wavered, however, as they followed their side to all corners of the country and regularly packed Ibrox every second weekend despite being in the lower divisions.
Managers came and went. Club legend Ally McCoist started the journey and was followed by Kenny McDowall, Stuart McCall, Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty, Pedro Caixinha and finally Gerrard.
The Englishman inherited a squad from caretaker coach Graeme Murty that was in need of a serious rebuild and the job he has done is nothing short of remarkable.
The ex-Liverpool man has surrounded himself with a staff that he trusts, which includes ex-teammate Gary McAllister, ex-Sao Paulo, Liverpool and Chelsea coach Michael Beale and sporting director Ross Wilson.
Alongside Beale and head of recruitment Wilson, the Liverpool legend has made some shrewd acquisitions in the transfer market and pieced together a squad which has performed fantastically -both domestically and in Europe this season.
Every player knows their role inside out and many who know the Scottish game well have said that they’re one of the best coached sides they’ve ever seen.
His side looked like they could be destined for league glory last season after victory over Celtic in December, but things fell apart after the new year. Gerrard and his players have learned their lessons from past mistakes and ensured that they weren’t to be repeated this term.
The Ibrox side have been imperious in the league this campaign, with countless clean sheets and with expansive and free-flowing football. They have been simply relentless on their way to this league win.
Gerrard is a manager who is learning from his mistakes and improving year upon year. The quality of the job he’s done at Glasgow Rangers cannot be emphasised enough and he’s just delivered the most important league title in this club’s history.
It’s difficult to put in to words what this league trophy means to Rangers and their supporters after 10 years of hurt.