Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that he “wanted a bit more” support from the Ibrox board after winning the title last season.
The Gers romped to their first title in a decade last term before Gerrard moved to Aston Villa in November, having seen his side knocked out of qualifying for the Champions League.
While he admits he had the total backing he wanted for most of his time, the Liverpool icon thinks that the impacts of Covid and other off-field challenges could have played a part.
In a lengthy interview with former England team-mate Gary Neville for The Overlap, Gerrard seemed to confirm a rumour he’d had something of a fall-out with the board over their differing ambitions but was otherwise full of praise for the champions.
“Rangers are a fantastic club, the support I had from the fans, from the board and everyone connected to the club, I couldn’t really ask for anything more.
“Okay after we won it, maybe I would have wanted a bit more ‘come on, let’s go again’. ‘Let’s really go for it after we won it’.
“I think everybody had different challenges, Covid issues, so I totally understand it but I’m very much someone when you achieve something it is lets go again, lets go again.”
While it’s hard to argue with Gerrard over last summer’s transfer window, there could have been better use of the squad during the Champions League qualifiers.
The Ibrox boss takes his portion of the blame for that – although he insists he is sure that his successor, Gio van Bronckhorst, “appreciates” the squad he inherited, adding: “We tried, we couldn’t qualify for the Champions League, that is obviously on me, we had some issues at the time with certain players and took a while getting in targets that we wanted and had to compromise.
“But up until we left, I left them in front and I am sure that Gio appreciates the squad we left.
“I still believe now Rangers have got a fantastic chance to build on what we did there.”