Monday, 11 February 2019

Can Steven Gerrard guide Rangers to title triumph?

In what was a highly entertaining and extremely feisty Scottish Premiership encounter last time out, Rangers managed to secure an impressive 4-2 victory over rivals Aberdeen to earn a crucial three points.

Steven Gerrard's men made hard work of their eventual triumph on the road, with the hosts having pushed them strongly in the opening 45 minutes. However, a red card for Scott McKenna and damaging Gers goals knocked the stuffing out of the home side.

In-form frontman Alfredo Morelos, who was linked with a high-profile departure from Ibrox during the course of the January transfer window, was on target twice during proceedings, bagging a brace in the clash.

Meanwhile, new signing former England international hitman Jermain Defoe also hit the target after James Tavernier slotted home his penalty. This result saw Gerrard's Glasgow giants move within just six points of league leaders and dominant champions Celtic.

Liverpool FC's Steven Gerrard faces the Chelsea FC crowd at Stamford Bridge by Ben Sutherland (CC BY 2.0)

Gerrard failed to lift the English top-flight with his former club Liverpool during his playing days at Anfield, but the current crop of stars on Merseyside are 5/4 in Betfair's odds to win Premier League 2019 this season under Jurgen Klopp.

Meanwhile, the Anfield icon will have silverware success within his own sights this current campaign on Scottish soil, with the new six-point gap being a lot more encouraging heading into a crucial stage of the season.

Brendan Rodgers' Bhoys previously looked like rampantly running away with the title once again but Gerrard has kept his men firmly in the title race, and upcoming Old Firm battles will now be huge and potentially decisive occasions.

So can Gerrard guide Rangers to a stunning title triumph? There's a long way still to go throughout this campaign but on the back of such a hard-fought and admirable league success against Aberdeen, prospects look much brighter.

Celtic haven't looked the dominant force they have been in past campaigns during this term, which also gifts Gerrard and his side some hopes for the remaining games to come.

If the former Liverpool midfielder can maintain the pace with Celtic, avoid any further slip-ups and perhaps gain the advantage in the next Old Firm clash, then anything is possible.

Celtic are, of course, on the road towards a hopeful eighth consecutive Scottish Premiership crown this season, a supreme streak which proves a lot about the standard of their competition when Gers were batting their way back up towards regaining prominence in the top-flight division.

A title win for Rangers would see Gerrard not only cement himself in the club's history at this early stage of his managerial career, perhaps with a future eye on the hot seat at Anfield, but also dethrone bitter rivals Celtic and his former Reds boss Rodgers as well.

There is still all to play for the Scottish title race is really heating up. Long may it continue.

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