Sunday, 30 June 2019

Does Steven Gerrard really need to win something?


It’s been a simmering issue for a number of months now, ever since Steven Gerrard’s Rangers fell at Aberdeen in both domestic cups and lost their way league wise after the stunning Old Firm win of December.

The question, that is, of a trophy. Rangers haven’t won one at the pinnacle of the Scottish game since 2011, with just challenge cups and lower-league silverware to speak of.

The premier cup tournaments have not been Rangers’ friend for a long time, and we have certainly been some distance off a title as well, so the question we have to ask is what exactly do we expect this campaign?

We asked this before, on grounds purely of a league challenge, and the overwhelming majority had dispensed with the platitudes of a ‘credible season’ and now wanted the league title.

We’re not going to go that far. We love the attitude, and theoretically we expect it too, but Celtic have been so far ahead of us for so long that winning the league, while essential, might not be possible. Hopefully time will show just how feasible it is.

But, silverware? There definitely has to be something this season. Something for fans to celebrate. Even if it’s ‘only’ the league cup, Rangers’ return within these domestic cups has been agony since 2012.

Smaller, less salubrious teams than us have won cups and got to finals, so finance and being ‘miles off Celtic’ is a pathetic excuse and it’s not acceptable. It was, to lose to them in recent years in cups when we just couldn’t go toe to toe with them. We can now.

But overall the record for all silverware has been painfully below Rangers’ usual standards that it’s borderline shameful.

And Steven Gerrard, having assembled the best Rangers team since Walter’s title-winners in 2011, is genuinely under pressure to deliver.

Sure, we want 55. We demand 55. But, deep down, we simply need to hold a trophy, whatever form it’s in and whatever competition it was for.

There isn’t a Rangers fan around who will now accept going a ninth season in a row (count them) without a serious trophy in the bag.

It’s not our nature to accept second best, but it has been the past few years. And the shift we sense in 2019 is an end to the patience of permitting runners’ up.

It’s time to win. Something.


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7 comments:

  1. Would give up the cups for the League. Stops them and stops them getting the money from CL. That causes them financial difficulties. Gets us a shot at qualifying for the CL and the money pot.
    Cups would be a consolation, I agree, but we want the big one

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  2. We need to win the league this season! Your right in saying us fan do not accept second best, however, some our players seem to accept it with ease. The two semi finals against the sheep were an absolute disgrace, no bottle or urgency to win. The attitude of the players needs to be of a no nonsense winning mentality this season and start playing like a Rangers player should!!

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  3. I think only the league will make this a truly successful season. We won't get a better chance with Celtic rebuilding and Lennon back in charge. Gerrard knows the Scottish game now. He knows the teams and the way they are likely to play. The core of the team is reasonably stable and he seems to have got the players he has targeted so far.

    I'm not suggesting he should be sacked if he doesn't make it 55 but I'll be disappointed with anything less.

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    1. Brilliant Donald but let's try to be patient.....!! I know it's hard mate

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  4. Of course we'd all love to win something, anything, but you don't always get what you want in this life. It's important that we continue to move forward and improve the team. If we do that and still don't win anything then how can anyone point the finger at Gerrard or the board. After all Ceptic will look to improve too and will do so from a higher base.

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  5. Let's get to the crux of the matter we need to stop the Rotten Mob in ANY competition ..However the league is the key and the one that shuts all the negative anti Rangers Noise ...from them the rest of the SPFL and the whole Scottish Football Garbage that has taken liberty's with us and our great club for years Yes the League Yes WATPGSTQ

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