We’re talking today a lot about Stevie G, and his influence and impact and just what it means to Rangers. We earlier referred to his merits compared with the great William Struth and Walter Smith, and how he measured up.
But there’s another angle as well.
For his 18 years at Anfield, while the league title unfairly eluded him, he won literally everything else the club game has to offer and is rightly hailed not only as one of the greatest players the world has ever seen, but a complete Merseyside legend and a true son of Liverpool. He is revered on demigod levels down there.
However, his impact at Ibrox in the three short years since he took the gamble of his life and gave up Liverpool with the kids to try and usurp Celtic in the hardest job in British football at the time has been absolutely astonishing, and this season especially has seen Gerrard exalted into God-status in Govan.
He secured 55, he crushed Celtic and he did it with modest funds and pure determination.
So, our question:
Is Stevie G now maybe revered even more at Ibrox than at Anfield?
There’s no question he’s a total icon on Merseyside, loved and adored and a true hero. But in just 30 months (barely) he has completely overturned Scottish football, given Rangers fans their fabled 55, and is now worshipped as the Messiah.
There’s no understatement here – he is seen like that. We’ve seen even his biggest most persistent and harshest critics among our support finally relent only recently and admit they were wrong.
He’s won over everyone, and has gone well beyond that.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter in the end who loves him more, what matters is Stevie is certainly idolised as much in Govan as he is in Anfield – he’s done special things with both clubs, and while he’s a Liverpool boy through and through, he is very much in three years a Rangers man now and completely one of us.
Indeed, mentally speaking it’s actually easier to visualise him only as one of us, and easy to forget sometimes he is a Liverpool lad.
Would have added ‘all the way’ but that clearly isn’t the case any more.
We have definitely taken part of him now.