The 2021/22 season is over and, while it didn’t quite go to plan for Rangers, it has been a helluva ride as we’ve watched the Light Blues go from Armenia to Andalucia and Gerrard to Gio over the last year.
Ending the season without the league championship is always going to mean there is some disappointment over how the campaign ended but with a Scottish Cup win and an outrageous run to the Europa League final, it wasn’t all bad.
As Gio van Bronckhorst and his players head off for their summer breaks – or out of Ibrox for the last time as the case will be for some – it has given us a chance to look back at some of the best moments of the season.
From Seville, winning the Scottish Cup and incredible Twitter meltdowns, it’s been eventful and hopefully, next season is full of the same.
Here are some of our favourite moments from Rangers’ 2021/22 season:
Rangers in Seville
The result didn’t go as planned but it was incredible seeing Rangers back in a European final. 100,000 Gers fans descended on the Spanish city and did themselves and the club proud as Gio van Bronckhorst’s side lost out on penalties. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we’re back in a European final – although sitting through my third defeat would hurt.
Scottish Cup final win for Rangers
Ok, this is also a pretty obvious one (as is the next pick) but winning the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2009 was a nice way to end the campaign. With the game likely to be the final Rangers appearance for some of the stalwarts of recent seasons, going out with a trophy was a fitting end. There’s something about the Scottish Cup that is just a little bit more romantic than its modern sidekick, the League Cup. Just let’s not wait another 13 years to win the thing.
I’ve been going to Ibrox for just shy of 30 years now (October 15 1994 v Kilmarnock was my first) and I don’t think I’ve heard a noise like the one when the Scouse midfielder scored the winner. When his strike hit the net, the roar was absolutely spine-tingling as Ibrox erupted like never before. Simply incredible.
Gerrard to Villa, Tav to Twitch
The last few have been obvious, but this one is a little bit different.
As Steven Gerrard was heading on his way to join Aston Villa, James Tavernier was firing up Twitch to play some Call of Duty – and all hell broke loose on Twitter. While most saw absolutely nothing in the skipper playing some CoD to kill time, some were apoplectic. Quite what anyone was expecting Tavernier to be able to do to stop Gerrard heading to Villa is anyone’s guess, but the sight of grown men losing their mind and making bizarre comparisons with John Greig playing Grand Theft Auto was great entertainment.
From Gerrard to Gio
Before we go any further, Steven Gerrard’s place in Rangers history is secure. However, as time goes on, it is looking more and more like Gio van Bronckhorst and his staff are an upgrade on the now Aston Villa boss. When Gio arrived, there were some who, like myself, had doubts he was the right man. He’s put those to bed now. A Scottish Cup and European final in his first six months is a solid start and now the Dutchman can build his own side this summer ahead of bringing the title back next season.