When Steven Gerrard arrived at Glasgow Rangers, there needed to be a squad overhaul and he managed to bring in better players, and a lot of them. 

The Ibrox boss had a huge bearing in bringing certain players to the Gers to work under his management and his new batch of ex-Liverpool coaches.

Now some Rangers fans and certain parts of the media have been sniping at Gerrard and making out that he has a long way to go before he will be a good manager.

What were they expecting? A league title? Or a winning a double? In his first season?

It was a disastrous week for Gerrard and Rangers, as the team failed to beat Hibernian and Aberdeen, because the expectations were far too high.

The staff at Ibrox accepts the criticism coming Rangers’ way after the side had one of their worst home displays in the 2-0 cup replay defeat against Aberdeen.

Gerrard said “keyboard wizards” taking jabs at his side are part of the job with Rangers’ season on life support.

The basic tactics of Derek McInnes’ bullying side was again helped by the culpable Kevin Clancy, who is a disgrace to the refereeing society.

Aberdeen were gifted an opening goal in three minutes and went on to boot Rangers’ midfield and forwards out of the game, and at every opportunity.

Considine brought Alfredo Morelos down with both arms around his body, but the inept whistler booked the Rangers striker for diving, when the TV cameras proved it should have been a red card and a penalty.

Since Rangers got back into the SPFL they have seen Celtic win the title each season, with Aberdeen finishing miles behind in second place.

So although the Gers are facing another season without winning a trophy, I think Gerrard is definitely making progress, and I want him at Ibrox for a long time.

Has Gerrard called everything right since he arrived? No, but I believe that he will turn things around eventually in the next few years.

You must remember, the Rangers boss doesn’t have a huge budget to spend by buying expensive players who should be able to walk into his side.

But signing Glen Kamara for £50,000 and bringing in free transfer internationalists from other Scottish teams, is excellent business.

Graham Dorrans, Jamie Murphy, Jordan Rossiter and experienced defender Gareth McAuley, were all unlucky with injuries this season.

Gerrard has taken a load of flak, but Rangers legend Derek Ferguson, whose son is Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson, has made it very clear that he holds the star players to blame for the annoying defeat.

He accuses them of cracking under pressure. Ferguson told Open Goal: 

“For Rangers, you expect your big players to turn up on that night. It was the most important game of the season and for whatever reasons it never happened.

“You’ve got to handle the pressure, that’s why you’re at Rangers.”

Gerrard has now won just one of six games against the Dons this season in all competitions, proving to me that the 4-3-3 system needs to be tweaked before they meet again in the league. 

It was a fantastic 4-2 win at Pittodrie to prove they have enough talent, but they lack consistency, bottle and the battling ability required against the Dons.

With a minor miracle required, Rangers still have an outside chance of catching Celtic, but are sitting in second place eight points behind their bitter rivals.


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