In another very revealing comment in his interview earlier this week, Steven Gerrard confirmed one of his primary drives and approaches towards making Rangers better when he first joined was to ‘remove excuses’.
In a very clever start, Gerrard’s plan was to improve absolutely everything about the club, from Ibrox, to training, to diet – in order to remove any notion of players being able to blame any commodity about the club on poor performances.
So in future, when anything went wrong, they could blame no one but themselves, and had to increase their level to be able to hold their heads high.
It was a fine approach, a clever angle, to remove anything about the club that wasn’t up to standard, so that the environment was absolutely top notch and gave the players the atmosphere to absolutely excel.
It removed any reason they couldn’t, and we do remember some of the training videos from a year or two ago showing some of the highlights of catering, and it just looked of a far higher standard than before, and those standards have filtered through to the players.
Now Rangers are the best in Scotland and top of their Europa League group.
The Gerrard Effect.