Rangers manager Steven Gerrard goes into arguably his single biggest game at Ibrox so far – and regardless of the result the Gers boss should be backed going into next season.

The Gers welcome Aberdeen to Ibrox tomorrow night in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay knowing defeat would kill of any hopes of silverware this season.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard arrives ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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With the Light Blues eight points behind Celtic in the league, it seems certain that the title will remain across the city for another season – but the Scottish Cup represents a real shot at success.

After eight years without a major trophy, Gers fans are starved of success but failing this season can’t be the trigger for yet another managerial change.

Some fans on social media have started to turn against the manager with suggestions that very little has improved since this time last year.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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While they may be onto something – to a point – there’s little doubt Rangers are a vastly-improved side this term.

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You just need to look at the Europea results for proof of that.

 

There’s been a big jump in quality of player at the club too – Rangers have gone from relying on Joe Garner for goals to having Jermain Defoe unable to get into the side.

Nobody will say that everything has gone as planned in the league and it is clear there is still room to improve.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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But ripping it up and starting over does nothing to help in the long-term.

Whatever happens against Aberdeen though, Gerrard needs to be given time to continue the improvements he’s made since taking charge in June.

The Gers are getting closer to catching Celtic – and could finally take that next step next season.