There is no question this summer is feeling like it’ll be the end of a Rangers era. A Rangers era which promised so much, which teetered on greatness, but ultimately fell short and can only boast two meaningful trophies inside 13 years.
Which is an absolute scandal. Maybe not for the younger generation who have grown up being second-fiddle to Celtic, or worse, but for the older ones, the 30+ supporters, the ones who only know 9IAR and beyond, who only recognised Rangers being number one.
And that era, as we now acknowledge it today, began with the appointment of Steven Gerrard in 2018, a signing which overhauled the playing staff, aside from James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos.
An era which rebuilt Rangers from bottom to top in terms of the squad, but, which five years on, is past its sell-by date.
And that includes all three of those men mentioned, plus Connor Goldson, who was inexplicably given a four-year extension.
The time of Gerrard’s squad is done, and yet far too many players brought in under him remain on our payroll. Aside from the ones mentioned:
McGregor, McLaughlin, Barisic, Helander, Kamara, Davis, Arfield, Lundstram, Kent, Wright, Sakala, Hagi and Roofe, meaning 13 players signed by Gerrard remain on our payroll, while three before his arrival also weigh a wage.
That’s 16 players on the books whose time is beyond its sell-by date.
Yes, you can make, if you like, a case for individuals. Some might argue for Barisic, others for Hagi, and Lundstram is certainly not part of those ‘stealing a wage’.
But in general the Gerrard era, which continues to this day in the shape of his former number one and the squad he fundamentally built on, is surely over.
Too many players, staying well past their welcome and not delivering ‘any more’ to justify their tenure, and surely we will see a host of them depart this summer.
We’re actually, in truth, completely fed up with the prolonging of this era – we would love a fresh start and the end of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and quite a few others, who for us are stale old faces and who have been here too long now.
We say it with a heavier heart re: Greegsy, he is a legend, but his time is done.
But the others? The Taverniers? Goldsons? Kamaras? Morelos? We’ve just had absolutely enough of them.
Parasites? A few of them are, they definitely feed off this club and give little back to justify their lofty standing.
And it’s time to say goodbye to that.
We really hope there’s wholesale changes this summer, because if we see a new playing deal for Steven Davis we’re going to scream.