The management team at Ibrox know that their Glasgow Rangers side are usually controlling 75 per cent of all their games this season, even in Europe. 

They are playing fast, exciting football and they are scoring goals for fun.

Steven Gerrard must be a happy, contented manager heading into the international break, with his Rangers team two points ahead of Celtic at the top of the league. 

Rangers fans sang loudly on Sunday afternoon – we’re TOP of the league and you’re NO! It’s been a long time since that has been heard.

The way Rangers tore Aberdeen and Hamilton apart with big winning 5-0 results proves that for the first time in years that the Gers are now the team to beat.

The Gers first team playing pool is full of first class players who are struggling to get into the starting X1, and it is certainly pushing the standards higher than before.

Ryan Jack and Steven Davis are producing fabulous performances every game, which is giving another top player, Glen Kamara, a problem starting every match.

Ex-Charlton star Joe Aribo is another top young player, but is he certain to start every game? 

Greg Stewart was given another start due to injuries and was indeed hugely impressive. What an intelligent player, with an educated left foot and a decent midfield scoring record.

Alfredo Morelos was deservedly rested against Hamilton for all his recent performances, and what happens? Jermain Defoe hits a startling hat-trick.

Gerrard gave ex-Oldham centre half George Edmundson a game after being very patient on the sidelines – and what happened, he was brilliant.

Borna Barisic is playing like a Croatian Internationalist left back should be and James Tavernier played like a player with a point to prove after his two annoying mistakes against Young Boys last Thursday cost Rangers all three points.

Rangers are also in the BetFred League Cup semi-final against Hearts on Sunday 3rd November at Hamden Park, and still in the running to win their Europa League stage group.

It certainly helps having a much better and stronger squad all playing well and bossing their matches, by closing the opposition down until they win the ball back.

Gerrard has signed an astonishing 10 new players with the last one being another top experienced professional Andy King, who has appeared for years in the EPL.

The clever Leicester City midfielder is on loan for a year at Ibrox, but due to the amazing high standard of the new Rangers midfield, it has become almost impossible to give him a game – so far. 

This Rangers side are not just a flash in the pan, as they have started the way they finished last season, when they finished off with a six-match winning run.

This was before Kilmarnock won 2-1 at Rugby Park on the a last-day with the Gers making five changes on a drastic, plastic pitch to allow their top players to join their full International teams fresh for the games involved. 

It has become extremely difficult for the fans and management team to pick the best starting X1, as Rangers definitely have a much stronger bench than last season and are controlling every game they play.

The two strikers are scoring plenty of goals, and now the Ibrox club have four tremendous centre-backs in their squad. 

It all augurs well for Gerrard, and not so good for the second best Neil Lennon.

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