Rangers have hit the very bottom this century. Sunday’s crucial victory over Hearts however has ensured that the journey from the depths of professional Scottish football to the Premiership summit is finally over.
Rangers have endured some damaging bumps along the seven-year road road. Home defeats to Peterhead, embarrassment in the Championship play-off against Motherwell, and countless defeats to Celtic. It was only four years ago that Rangers threw away a two goal lead against Alloa, allowing the part-time club to defeat Ally McCoist’s Rangers side 3-2 in the Challenge Cup.
Despite these setbacks, Rangers are back at the top. The result at Tynecastle could be argued as the club’s most important result since being demoted to the Third Division in 2012.
A long journey to the summit
It’s been a lengthy process for Rangers to get to this point. When administration was announced in 2012, many could be forgiven for thinking they were watching the death of their beloved club. Rangers managed to survive, and fans remained defiant that the club could spring from the ashes and return to their rightful place in the top flight.
It’s been a hard graft to get there, but Rangers are clear at the top. From Cliftonhill to the summit of Scottish football in just seven years, it’s a truly remarkable turnaround. Rangers still have work to do, as the club now embarks on a new path to glory.
The vital Ibrox Old Firm clash is nearly upon us, and Rangers might not be top come that fixture. As the table stands just now though, Rangers are the best team in the country. Celtic should be well aware that they are under serious pressure for the title.
Steven Gerrard’s influence
It would be silly to think that this Rangers side are better than Celtic. Steven Gerrard’s men are still a work in progress. It’ll take time for Rangers to get anywhere near that benchmark.
Gerrard has took forward the work of Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty and all the other former managers since 2012. He’s took the club to a new level, not seen since the days of Walter Smith. He’s the most positively talked about Rangers boss since Smith, and that should be a great sign for the Ibrox faithful.
Top of the league, and verging on last 32 qualification in the Europa League. Gerrard has worked a borderline miracle in his short time at the club.
The journey from rags to riches is over. A new dawn awaits Rangers, one that should involve domestic silverware. Rangers are finally at the summit of the Premiership table.
Everyone at the club should be proud of their effort so far.