Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Lafferty signing reveals big truth about Steven Gerrard

With Kyle Lafferty’s confirmed return to Ibrox today, Steven Gerrard is doing something no other Rangers manager has done, certainly within the past seven years:

Understood Rangers and listened to supporters.

The fans of our club might be at loggerheads with each other now and then, but we know a player, and we know our club, and by and large we know what’s best for it even if we have differing ideas on what to do to achieve them.

First thing Stevie did? Spoke to Walter, the Grand Master, to listen to someone who truly understands Rangers and get some sage counsel.

Even firster thing Stevie did? Signed Allan McGregor, a popular and wanted signing who has delighted fans with his displays and his experience of all things Rangers.

Ibrox Noise covered Borna Barisic – we proposed the outstanding Osijek left back as a signing – lo and behold a week or two later Stevie got him.

We discussed a day or two ago how Jamie Murphy’s injury may see a return in interest for Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones – lo and behold Stevie is reported to now be monitoring the NI international.

Fans on a poll on the site completely favoured the signing of Kyle Lafferty – and lo and behold, on the verge of being paraded.

Stevie is taking advice – he is ‘not knowing best’ – few know as much about football as he and he knows more than you or I or everyone we know put together, but he is not infallible and he is humble, eager, and willing to learn the ropes of our club and management and listen to people who know more about Rangers than he does.

And it’s working a treat. Stevie is quickly understanding what Rangers need. He understands what the fans want. And he’s delivering it precisely.

None of this Pedro or Warburton silliness of ‘I know best and that’s all there is to it’ – Stevie is taking it all in, soaking it all up, and developing every day, while his players run through brick walls for him.

Kyle Lafferty is another brilliant signing, and one we’re delighted with. He will add goals, big goals, and bags of experience for Alfredo Morelos to bounce off. And it’s an excellent option for Gerrard to call upon.

Things down Ibrox Way just get better and better.

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