“Close to magnificence” – the truth about Steven Gerrard

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We know we’ve been incredibly negative the past 24 hours on Ibrox Noise, being critical of nearly everything especially Steven Gerrard.

It’s hard not to feel extremely despondent when the worst side in the SPL, who hadn’t won since October, not only beats you, but beats you deservedly and well, but that said, while form has been painful this calendar year, the progress of the club under the manager has been stark.

We’ve gone over and over the mistakes and errors of late, but the truth is we know fine well how much a better position this club is in compared with maybe 18 months ago.

Yes, form is extremely ropy right now and a lot of personnel decisions are extremely questionable, but in the grand scheme of things we’ve still beaten Celtic three times in just over a year, we’ve had two unbelievable European runs and one of them continues into the last 32, and we’ve topped the table a couple of times.

Oh, and beaten Celtic at Parkhead for the first time in a borderline generation.

Have we now lost faith in Stevie after recent form?

Basically, the guy is his own worst enemy at times – for all the great that he’s done, and there’s tonnes of it, there are those little errors he makes which heavily undoes the progress. And those are the mistakes he has to weed out to win the league.

Rangers are still in the league hunt – with two matches v Celtic left this season, it remains in our hands, as long as we get back to consistent winning ways in the SPL.

And the fact we’re still very much in the frame for the title is down to Gerrard and his management.

He’s made mistakes, God knows he’s made quite a few of them – he has some managerial ‘issues’ he has to get over to make that step from potential to actual.

But where Rangers are – 61 wins of the last 100 matches – it’s pretty bloody good in the grand scheme of things.

Yesterday was only Stevie’s 14th loss as Rangers manager; Killie, Celtic, Aberdeen and Livi in the league, Rapid and Spartak in UEL, and Aberdeen in both cups last season, and this campaign just Celtic, YB and Hearts have actually beaten us.

What we’re saying is the picture is actually a lot better than it maybe feels right now, and the simple reason is this loss was to a terrible team for the first time.

Rangers’ losses under Stevie had always been to good teams – either UEL sides or top-half SPL ones.

This was a bit different.

Yes, there are a lot of questions to be answered, and changes will surely come from this, but the overall picture is definitely not the doom and gloom it rather feels like.

Especially not if the manager can weed out those glitches and refine his style.

Because he’s close to being magnificent.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Am I wrong though, for asking wth McAllistair is doing? He's 'meant' to be a right hand man. And advisor. To assist with tactics and strategy. But I can't see him doing anything like. Is it a 'sit back and let SG make catastrophic errors' type thing, his role? Because you'd think he's help. Maybe he is and SG is just telling him to keep quiet.

  2. Ive not lost faith in anybody,just get the finger out and stop pissing about ffs,we can still do it,but no more fuckups please

    WATP🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  3. He certainly should have ironed the glitches out by now and unlike 2019 we did get two wins before we crashed so i suppose thats progress. We have been a bit negative because of yesterdays result and quite rightly so but its time to move on and look forward to wednesdays game and hope the team selection is right and we get a good response.

  4. What really annoys the dickens out of me with Gerrard. He came out to the press expressing his disgust at the players who "didn't take their chance" in the Stranraer game! Thats fine, we should have done better, but the signs were there we were struggling. In the game against St Mirren, he praised the players!! He actually accepted that performance was acceptable, when we clearly struggled to score and nearly lost points near the end.
    He was supporting his friends, the same friends that are going to cost us the league!!!
    Blind loyalty will give the beggars 9 in a row!!!

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