Rangers were awful last night as Aberdeen won 1-0 at Ibrox. It moved Rangers back down to second, with Kilmarnock now leading the way in the Scottish Premiership.
If there was a silver lining for Steven Gerrard last night though, it was that some of Rangers’ good work this season was displayed in Spain last night.
Europa League rivals Villarreal were relentless in the Copa Del Rey. They blew away Almeria 8-0 in the second leg of their domestic cup fixture, with the final aggregate score finishing 11-3 to the Yellow Submarine.
Despite Almeria being in the second division, they are technically only 16 places below Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine are currently in 16th place in La Liga.
Whilst it’s not all rosy in domestic competitions, Rangers fans should be delighted they can compete with a side that can quite clearly deliver a hammering to teams.
Villarreal show the progress Gerrard has made at Ibrox
Gerrard deserves huge credit for installing belief into this Rangers side. Last year, the Gers couldn’t get past Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn. Now they are able to compete with a well established La Liga outfit. There is now genuine belief in every European tie that Rangers can get the better of their opponents.
When the team have setbacks, they don’t back down from the challenge. Rangers are perhaps more aggressive when they go behind, or have a man sent off. No matter the circumstances, Gerrard’s men always manage to give the game a good go.
In every game the players know they need to meet certain standards, or face the consequences that come with not reaching them. Whether it be Celtic, St Mirren, or Spartak Moscow, the effort is always there.
The desire to succeed at Rangers is apparent. Last night’s result at the hands of the Dons shouldn’t Steven Gerrard, or his players.
They might not be top, but Rangers will come back stronger after this recent setback. The manager must take inspiration from previous performances in Europe, and bring them to the domestic game.