Rangers fans today reacted in disappointment, and in places, disgust, over our story earlier about Steven Gerrard ‘blocking’ a move for Cameron Archer north, but opening the door for him to switch to the Championship.
We’re not absolutely sure why supporters were indeed disappointed, despite the acerbic tone in that particularly article, because Steven Gerrard, despite wanting us to win the Europa League final, isn’t one of us any more (if he ever was) and his loyalties are to Aston Villa.
See, we always kept quiet about our misgivings about Gerrard when we appointed him – as fans of Rangers we are always going to support the men in the blue, including those in the dugout, but we knew from many incidents in the past that Gerrard isn’t a particularly nice person and he’s more than capable of lying his backside off.
We naturally justified it because we’re Rangers fans, and that’s what you do, but a man who got off without a prison sentence for clear and visible assault in a pub isn’t really the type of man you want as Rangers manager.
And as manager? He gave us 55 but it cost the club £35M and 3 years.
Let’s not pretend he ‘stopped’ 10IAR, because it’s a falsity that to this day rankles us on Ibrox Noise.
Celtic had 7, yes, SEVEN, when he joined, and even after £20M+ he still couldn’t take 55.
It wasn’t till 10 was now being threatened that Gerrard finally cracked it, or, we should say, Michael Beale finally cracked it, that Rangers stopped Gerrard’s damage from giving Celtic another title.
Sure, 9 was a farce, and was an invalid title for them, but it’s not the point.
Are we discrediting 55? No, never. It was still one of the most important titles in our history because it ended the domestic journey at long last.
But it wasn’t the sensational stopping of 10 it is deemed – it was Gerrard figuring it out after £35M spent and wasted trying for 24+ months to win something.
Are we bitter?
No, we’re thrilled with Gio as regulars will know and we were probably the happiest fans when he got the job, so it worked out wonderfully, so we’re really just saying stuff we’ve said before, and some things we wanted to but couldn’t – not till the rest of the fanbase finally started to see for themselves his real nature.
And the only way that was ever going to happen was an ugly exit followed by yet more lies exposed (we’re sure you saw the stuff about Clive Tyldesley accidentally confirming SG as a fibber) followed by the Rory Wilson stuff now Cameron Archer.
But sure, if some want to still think the man is a saint and one of us, far be it from us to dissuade you.