Thursday, 27 September 2018

The reality of Steven Gerrard


When Rangers fans look at the arduous task of replacing Walter Smith with something even half as good, such intentions led to an acceleration of managers the like we have never seen before at Ibrox.

It led to almost as many managers in seven years as we’d had the previous 100+. 13 managers up till Walter Smith (if we exclude the brief liaisons such as Tommy McLean and take into account Walter’s second spell) and eight after he retired.

All because no one could hold a candle to the Grand Master Walter Smith. No one in the modern game seemed to be able to deliver the patriarchal domination and respect Walter commanded, and no one had his aura.

No one, that is, until Steven Gerrard.

Last night Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, fielding close to a ‘fringe’ side, aside a rocky first error-strewn 10 minutes, completed a consummate Rangers performance, putting in their place a very fine Championship-leading Ayr side.

And standing authoritively on the touchline, was one Steven Gerrard esquire, exuding class, assurance, and sheer dignity as his illustrious predecessors from the golden age did.

Rangers’ board were in a pickle the past few years – whoever wore the suits, they could not, for love nor money, attract the right manager, the right established boss who would come in and turn Rangers back into Rangers.

They nearly made the biggest mistake (well, the latest mistake after yer Pedros and Murties) by appointing Derek McInnes, only for the Aberdeen boss to wimp out. We didn’t want him in the first place, and were delighted when he did a 180.

But it left Rangers’ board lost – who the hell was big enough for this club?

Well, the truth is, restoring Rangers to the top of Scottish football must be close to the hardest job in world football, and it was going to take someone truly extraordinary and special, with a big personality, and revered by all.

It is starting to look like the gamble to make that man Steven Gerrard, a U18s coach without a minute of senior management experience, has been the biggest, ballsiest, and most incredible gamble in Rangers’ history and amazingly it seems to be paying off in abundance.

We are quite staggered by how well this new era is going, and just how Rangers and Walter-like Gerrard is starting to become.

It’s not over, sure it isn’t – we didn’t show up against Celtic and that remains the fixture the currency of the Old Firm is measured. But for Charlie Nicholas, of all people (who said Rangers were only in the group stage for the money and to make up the numbers), to admit true concern at the state of things at Parkhead and concede the evident momentum at Ibrox is quite something.

Last night Rangers swept Ayr aside, with a second-string side and we lost genuine count of the men of the match, there were that many (more on that later) – and Steven Gerrard remains the architect of all that is good at Ibrox right now. And there’s a lot of it.

Sure, again, there are some errors – he remains a rookie boss learning on the job – but like Zinedine Zidane, this lad is learning, and learning fast.

It took someone big, someone with self assurance, and a true icon of football to achieve results at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard is the big icon Rangers needed – and what he is achieving in only three or so months is becoming remarkable.

Absolutely staggering.

9 comments:

  1. Got to say the whole set up at the club atm is remarkable. Right from the youth teams up to the 1st. The coach’s are 1st class and all pushing for the same goal. Well done to everyone at the club, all the coach’s, staff and the board. But I’m gerard we’ve found the main piece that gels it all together

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  2. And just think, some of our so called "fans" were screaming for his head after the defeat to the mhanky mob, shame on you
    As big Marv says "keep believing"
    this is our year

    55LetsGo

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  3. Sheep at home, we should be singing our thanks to Derek.
    He saved us from ourselves by being man enough to know that the job was too big for him

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  4. I was totally baffled when they appointed him until I heard him speak that I thought we may be on to something. Actually it was that leaked training video when he shouted at the team "we go to win the ball, get it in to your heads now!" That I really thought this guy is gonna sort us out. I think we may have a title race on our hands.

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  5. No argument, from me. He's shaping up v nicely and long may it continue. What's best for the club, is always the most important thing. I really believe we can beat Celtic at home, as things stand. In doing so, it will boost our morale, even further.

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  6. Couldn't agree more, two things bother me, Gerrard is too soft on Morelos however good he might be, if he gets booked for a tackle fine but this constant bookings for petulance and stupidity has got to be sorted with our shortage of strike force. Secondly why do we not start playing until we've either scored or lost a goal,happens in a few games

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  7. Gerrard has done a Fantastic Job So Far
    ...Long May it Continue 😃💪🔴⚪⭕

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  8. There should be no doubt that Gerrard has already turned us around. Regardless of what happens from here he has moved the team on 3 years in just 3 months. We now have better players with good attitudes and higher work rate. We may not win the league this year but we will be nudging ever closer. And I don't just say that in hope like we have done in previous seasons.

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