We alluded to this yesterday, that Steven Gerrard clearly knows more than most about football, certainly more than us, and we kowtowed to that.
But we did make a previous argument that as much as that was true, he couldn’t necessarily lay claim to knowing more about Scottish football, and specifically Rangers, as us.
Indeed, many fans agreed with this angle, even in the days when his management was a touch more divisive and like many supporters, we had doubts. Because, of course, you and I have lived our lives with this club, supporting for decades, and we know our league and our club.
Gerrard was an outsider and simply couldn’t lay claim to such a privilege.
And as true as that was, what we’ve truly admired in the past few months is just how quickly he’s adapted, learned, and taken on board everything from the first two seasons, and can now happily confirm he knows as much about Scottish football and Rangers as anyone, certainly in the modern-day.
Of course, we know the history, you know it, I know it, we all know the decades past of this club, and while Stevie (and indeed Clive with his stunning research) might be able to pick it up, it’s not something he’s grown up with.
Instead, Gerrard has learned the nuances of today, and spectacularly at that.
He and Michael Beale appear to have used the first two seasons as a testing ground, knowing that success in them would be limited, and 24 months later they’re putting all their knowledge into practice and suddenly the SPL is second nature to him and the Rangers he’s built is working perfectly in it.
Stevie didn’t need to know everything about the club and the league; it just turned out the guy learned fast.
True, not fast enough to stop the farce 8.5IAR, but securing 55 which this club has dreamed of for the same amount of time and stopping them making it a tenth year in a row where they allegedly became champions became a priority.
There’s little doubt Stevie’s stock as a manager has absolutely skyrocketed this season – he’s done the business in the league, and in Europe.
And that’s all down to what he picked up the previous 24 months.
To all those who never stopped believing, we salute you.
To those who had doubts, like us, let’s be glad we were so wrong.
And of course while our manager hasn’t yet won us silverware, can anyone really doubt this Rangers will do so this season?
It’s just a matter of time now.