Rangers face bitter rivals Celtic on Saturday, with boss Steven Gerrard determined for glory this season to assist heal the ‘brutal low’ of his failure to be a champion with Liverpool.
Gerrard has led Rangers to a formidable renaissance since his appointment in cost in 2018, with the Glasgow giants presently flying excessive 16 factors clear on the high of the desk.
Rangers have been completely dominant to this point this time period, with 17 clear sheets in 21 video games and simply 5 targets conceded within the league, and the most recent take a look at of their title credentials comes on Saturday as they host their Previous Agency rivals.
Profitable the title has turn out to be an obsession for the blue half of Glasgow, with Rangers followers determined to cease their outdated enemies from clinching a tenth straight Scottish championship.
It is going to be one thing Gerrard is used to, having been obsessive about the identical factor all through his celebrated Liverpool profession, however for the adorned midfielder the large one by no means got here.
In a current interview with Alan Shearer for The Athletic, the Ibrox boss has mentioned the ache of not profitable the Premier League with the Reds continues to be uncooked and nonetheless haunts him.
However he hopes guiding Rangers to their 55th Scottish title would go some method to serving to him transfer on.
He got here shut on quite a lot of events, however none nearer than in 2014 when Liverpool led the Premier League by 5 factors with three video games left, solely to be overwhelmed to the title by Man City.
And he admitted that agonising blow nonetheless fuels him.
“Sure, it’s positively a motivation,” mentioned Gerrard.
“Having that occur and the way it occurred in the direction of the tip of my Liverpool profession was an actual, brutal low for me. As a bunch and a staff and a membership, it was an enormous disappointment as a result of we got here so shut.
“The very fact they’ve received the title since then and are present champions — which is incredible for me to see — has actually helped the therapeutic.
“However from a private viewpoint, having an enormous excessive as a coach and supervisor would definitely contribute to that therapeutic as properly.”
As issues stand it’s wanting fairly good for Rangers, though Neil Lennon’s Celtic facet do have three video games in hand.
Victory at Ibrox would definitely raise the temper at Celtic Park following the Hoops’ dreadful begin to the marketing campaign, which noticed them exit each European competitions whereas Rangers are by way of to the Europa League knockout levels.
Rangers legend Ally McCoist is assured of the staff’s possibilities due to the numerous enhancements made since Gerrard’s arrival.
However the former participant and supervisor actually is aware of that the coach will likely be in the end judged on trophies, and says it’s time the membership lastly ended their wait.
“Indubitably the development in a few of the gamers has been wonderful,” McCoist instructed Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“The lad [Glen] Kamara, they signed him from Dundee for 50,000 and he’s a former Arsenal academy participant, and he’s been distinctive, the full-backs [James] Tavernier and [Borna] Barisic and [Connor] Goldson have improved no finish.
“There may be completely little question, the development in Rangers is there for everybody to see… however now’s the time they should begin profitable one thing.
“Steven has been very, very unfortunate to not win something as but. They need to have received the Scottish League Cup final yr, they completely dominated Celtic.
“Nevertheless it’s now time for Rangers to win one thing.”