Has Giovanni won over his doubters? That one is hard to say because only around 10 days ago half the support wanted him gone or were sanctimoniously preaching how they’d ‘never wanted him in the first place’.
He had universal favour when he came – his record in Holland spoke for itself and he’s a Bluenose. His signing was a huge coup, but when Rangers hit that sticky patch in January/February there were clear requests to fire him, especially after the painful loss at Parkhead.
Put it this way, Gio has never consistently enjoyed the tribalistic support Steven Gerrard did, and the reason for that is while Gio is one of us, Steven Gerrard was regarded as a football legend in general, a world brand and a superstar. And that’s fair to say, and it’s accurate. He joined us and that in itself curried a tonne of favour.
But Gio never had the same global brand Gerrard does, and let’s be honest, isn’t as popular on pure personality terms.
So he’s had to work a lot harder to earn respect from our support, and earn slack. Despite being one of our own, he’s had many, many more detractors than Gerrard did.
But this last week has bought him a lot of slack, and the naysayers have piped down a lot.
Ibrox Noise regulars know only too well we’ve been some of his biggest backers since he joined – sure, we’ve made a few constructive criticisms here and there but overall few have stuck by him like us.
And we’re happy to see it fall into place a bit for him lately, with every chance we could win the Scottish cup and a strong possibility of something special in the UEL.
As for 56, it will be tough too, but it remains possible.
The outcome though of recent times has given Gio some leeway.
He’s earned that, and hopefully fans keep sticking by our man.