17/10/20: the day Scottish football shifted

17/10/20: the day Scottish football shifted
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers interacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on October 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Make no mistake, Scottish football has shifted. Celtic may still be the champions, but there is absolutely no doubt who the bosses in Scotland are. Today’s demolition by a classy Rangers of a weak and embarrassing Celtic has changed everything.

Yes, we have said this before, but that’s because it was partially true back then too.

Steven Gerrard and his Rangers have been creeping up on Celtic for coming up on three years now, and now that’s two matches at Parkhead we’ve bossed and rightly won.

Having not won once at Parkhead for practically a decade, we’ve now done it twice in a year.

Are Celtic worried? You’re damn right they are.

For the first time since 2011 they know Rangers are the better team, and we can say with confidence we have the better manager.

Gerrard has made a tonne of mistakes, plenty of them, but those have taught him a wealth of knowledge and now, while he’ll still make the odd gaffe (he’s human, even Walter made mistakes) now and then, Steven Gerrard and his management team are getting a tonne more right than they are wrong and clear at the top of the table by right now, Rangers are reaping the benefits.

We don’t deny the misgivings we’ve had about Stevie in the past, many of them. His first season was patchy, and the second was better but only shored up a few more of the holes.

This one is looking convincing. Truly. Properly.

We don’t always play brilliantly, but we’ve not lost this season – not once. Our record this season, even with Morelos not at his best and a tonne of injuries is still absolutely excellent, and for the first time since 2011 Rangers are practically neck and neck with Celtic in the odds market for winning this.

In truth, we’re favourites now, because we are the best team in this country and the only thing left to do is prove it with silverware.

The picture really really changed today and to paraphrase Morpheus from the Matrix:

They’re beginning to believe.

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  1. This is just a continuation of what’s happened since the day Gerrard walked through the door. His first season was a significant improvement on what went before and not patchy as you suggest. And it’s been onward and upwards ever since in the two and half years he’s been here. Surely now all the doubters, and there are a good few on this sight, will realise we’ve been on the right road all along.

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