The more things change, the more they stay the same as the old saying goes. This especially rings true as one year on, not much has changed at Ibrox, the side currently leads the Scottish Premiership, the same as last year, and are through to the next round of the Europa League, again like last season.

When you take a step back and look at things from a wider view though, the club has gone through monumental transformations over the previous year.

League title won after a ten-year drought

This was the biggie, the one that every Rangers fan had dreamed of since we were sent to League Two purgatory in 2012.

The side had moved on from the disappointments during the second half of the 2019/20 season where, at one stage, looked like legitimate title challengers to Celtic, before a horrendous drop-off in form and then COVID-19 happened, which derailed the season and Celtic were declared champions.

Winning the title last season was the aim, everything else was a bonus. As much as it hurt to suffer defeats to St Mirren and St Johnstone in the domestic cup competitions, it would all be brushed under the carpet if we went on to win the league.


As Celtic stumbled to a draw against Dundee Utd on March 7, it was confirmed that Rangers were officially champions.

One year one, we look in great shape to retain our title.

Change in Management

A year ago, not many fans would have predicted Steven Gerrard’s exit to join Aston Villa and former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst being announced as his replacement, but football is a funny old game.

I, along with many more supporters, felt that winning the title last season would be the catalyst for a new era to begin, an era in which Gerrard would stamp his authority on the Scottish game and be in charge for years to come.

It didn’t exactly work out like that. The beginning of the season saw Rangers stutter through matches, and we were knocked out of the Champions League against Malmo, a tie which the side was more than capable of winning.

Some put it down to start of the season nerves and performances would soon improve, as the weeks and months went on, there was obviously something missing.

After being linked to what felt like every available Premier League job that was vacant, Gerrard eventually joined Aston Villa in November.

Full credit to Ross Wilson as the Sporting director managed to get the man every fan wanted as a replacement, van Bronckhorst.

Hopefully a year from now, we will be writing about how Rangers regained their title and exceeded expectations in the Champions League.

For now, though, let’s just enjoy the new regime and see where the Dutchman can take us.

2021 was arguably the most important year in Rangers’ storied history, winning title number 55 will be forever remembered by the Ibrox faithful.

Meanwhile, have a look back on that historic day when James Tavernier lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy.

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