Sure, we’ve all seen Stevie Ger at Ibrox for the various press conferences and media duties, but this morning it became real for the first time.
No club blazer and tie (as dapper as the chap looked), but our new manager arriving at the Hummel Training Centre today to begin work formally as our boss.
Of course, we know fine well he started two weeks ago, technically even earlier than that, but he’s been busy with some important prep work in the interim with coaching badges, scouting and background.
Today though he finally arrived in casual attire, no gimmicks, no nonsense – just a wide grin for the waiting press then in the door to finally get the graft started.
The players will join him on Friday, with a bunch of tans and stories no doubt – but the real work begins today – Gerrard secured our latest signing Nikola Katic yesterday, and today he gets on with the bread and butter of being the manager of the most important club in Scotland.
It is quite reassuring to see him arrive, in all honesty. As nice as it was knowing he was manager, it didn’t feel truly tangible until we saw him park at the training compound, and it will feel even better and more real on Friday when the most eagerly anticipated work out in Rangers’ history begins.
Never before has a pre-season training session had this much attention or intrigue – and it will be quite wonderful to see Stevie and new assistant Gary McAllister put the lads through their paces.
That’s the final barrier – up till now it’s almost felt surreal, mild fantasy – but the reality hits over the next 48 hours as work properly begins.
Naturally we know there are more players to come – Ryan Kent, Oliver McBurnie, Connor Goldson, Umir Sadiq, Dominic Solanke and many others look close to joining up too, but that is all in good time.
For now, we can enjoy the sight of Stevie finally arriving to begin work.
Good luck sir, we’re all with you.