Steven Gerrard has won his first trophy as a manager as his Rangers have sealed the Scottish Premiership title.
The former Liverpool midfielder has lifted the club from strength to strength, and Celtic’s draw with Dundee United confirmed that they had won their 55th league title.
Rangers: Steven Gerrard Wins First Trophy as Scottish Premiership is Secured
Strength to Strength
After a long wait, the top-flight title is returning to Ibrox. It is historic for several reasons, but stopping Celtic from securing their tenth title in a row is the cherry on top of the cake.
Gerrard has helped to take Rangers from strength to strength. It has been a slow process, but the Gers are now both a force both in Scotland and on the continent.
Taking over at Ibrox presented a number of difficulties for the Liverpool and England legend. The squad from the 2017/18 had gaping holes in it all over the pitch, leading to a third place finish. A 5-0 defeat to arch rivals Celtic signalled calls for change; Graeme Murty was sacked, leading to Gerrard’s appointment.
There is no denying that Rangers were capable of being the side they are now, fans just had to be patient and Gerrard had to figure out a way of toppling Celtic. They did effectively do that, winning three of their games against their rivals in his first two years in charge, but it was games that they should have been winning that let them down.
Win at All Cost Mentality
Rangers this season have been a different animal. Their ability of losing to teams that they should not be evaporated into thin air, helping them to seal their 55th Scottish Premiership title at a canter.
Their league record this season makes for astonishing reading. 28 wins, four draws, no defeats. To add to that, Gerrard’s side has scored 77 times and conceded just nine goals. For context, the most they have conceded in a single game was two away to Hamilton Academical.
Rangers have, quite literally, been unstoppable. In other seasons you might put it down to Celtic’s dreadful form under the now-departed Neil Lennon, but nothing could stand in Rangers’ way this season.
Everyone has chipped in and played their part too. James Tavernier has not only defended superbly at right-back but also contributed in attack, registering 14 goals and 10 assists. Alfredo Morelos has maintained his goalscoring consistency but has also been joined in forming a formidable forward line alongside Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent.
While Rangers would have liked to seal the title following their 3-0 win against St Mirren on Saturday, they will bask in the glory regardless. Even Gerrard, the hero of Liverpool and many in England, was finding it hard to describe his side.
“I’m lost for words in terms of how I want to describe my team,” he said to the official Rangers website. “I’ve been here for three years and they took me on one hell of a journey. It hasn’t always been up and up, but I have nothing but plaudits to give my players.”
A winner like Gerrard will not want Rangers to slip up. He will want them to be consistent for the rest of the season, as well as dominate Scottish football for years to come.
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