It was confirmed by the stattos that Thursday night marked Steven Gerrard’s 75th match as Rangers manager, a number the manager revealed he couldn’t believe.
Breaking it down though, and he has overseen 44 wins, which in fact is a 59% win rate.
How does this compare with previous managers in the post-2012 era?
Well, we have to ignore everything from before 2016, as the work in the Championship and lower isn’t relevant.
So from Mark Warburton in the SPL (all competitions) onwards, and the Bread man’s win rate is… 59%.
Then we move onto Pedro: 52%.
And frankly Graeme Murty doesn’t matter as he was never getting the job.
Now, on the face of it Gerrard’s stats look exactly the same as Mark Warburton’s, but how does the picture change when we bring losses (all competitions) into the equation:
Warburton lost 6 in his SPL season (19%), while Pedro lost 8 (30%). Stevie has lost 11 of 75, which is 15%.
In short, his win rate is better than Pedro’s, equal to Warburton’s, but crucially he’s losing less than either and therefore missing out on 3 points or cup progression less frequently than his predecessors did.
Overall the picture for Gerrard, despite recent domestic form being a bit sketchy and goals being a little stingy, is more promising than for either of his relevant main predecessors since 2012.
It’s a matter of continuing to improve that win rate to match or exceed Celtic’s, and as we will suggest later today, it’s not impossible at all.