Rangers fans are absolutely loving what Steven Gerrard is doing at the club right now, but perhaps he deserves even more credit than he’s been getting.
The Light Blues have improve drastically since last season, and the new-look team look to be improving week on week.
Thursday night saw Gerrard’s men put in arguably their most professional performance, as they saw off Maribor in Slovenia to reach the next round of Europa League qualifying.
The damage had already been done in the first leg by the Gers, but they did well to see the job through.
One plainly obvious improvement about the team under Gerrard has been the defensive side of things, with particular emphasis on pressing and showing industry.
That appears to be the foundation on which Gerrard is building his team, and in 900 minutes of football, they are still yet to go behind – 720 of which have been in competitive matches, as highlighted by bet365.
Factor in all the travelling they’ve had to do in Europa so far (Slovenia, Macedonia and Croatia) and perhaps one begins to realise that Gerrard really is doing an outstanding job.
There have also been two red cards in the Gerrard era (one of which was eventually rescinded), but the team still never found themselves in a losing position.
Rangers have played over 900 minutes of football under Steven Gerrard.
They’ve had 720 minutes of competitive action and had to travel to Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia.
They’ve had men sent off early in two different games.
They haven’t been behind for a single second. 👊 pic.twitter.com/GW7ikEuTW3
— bet365 (@bet365) 16 August 2018
Of course there will eventually come a time when Rangers do find themselves trailing, but one cannot deny how good a start they have made under their new manager, especially with so many new players bedding in.
When Rangers do go behind, it will only serve as an opportunity for the team to show character, and will potentially make them more cohesive.