The year 2021 will go down in the annals of Rangers history as one of the finest on record, but the question is, what were the three best moments from 2021?
Truth be told, there are far too many to mention, however, I have narrowed it down to what I believe were the three best moments of the previous year.
Title number 55
The most obvious choice, a moment which will be remembered by fans of all ages around the globe, was the day we won our 55th league title.
The 2020/21 season was incredible, with 38 games played, 32 wins, six draws, and zero defeats. A grand total of 13 goals conceded throughout the entire campaign, breaking the previous British record of 15 held by Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2004/05. It was quite simply breathtaking.
The moment arrived on March 7, as Celtic dropped points away to Dundee Utd and Rangers were confirmed champions, in March, an incredible feat.
The party was ready to begin even with the club still having two months of the season left, it didn’t deter from the aim of going unbeaten as a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen on trophy day confirmed that the Ibrox side had avoided defeat in the 38-game season.
The 4-1 victory over Celtic
The league title had been secured and this was effectively a dead rubber, although an Old Firm game is never a meaningless tie. The club wanted to go unbeaten against Celtic in the league for the first time since the 1999/00 season and they duly did it with a resounding win.
This performance was clinical and showed how badly winning the league had affected Celtic, they offered no hope or fight as Rangers strolled to an easy win.
This was the biggest margin of victory in an Old Firm tie since a 3-0 win in October 2007 under Walter Smith. Instead of winning by the odd goal, which is what had routinely happened under Gerrard, we hammered Celtic and proved that Glasgow was blue once again.
A new era
The club was rocked when Steven Gerrard left for Aston Villa in November and thoughts suddenly turned to what was next for the side. this was, after all, the man who had led us to arguably the greatest title triumph in Rangers history, the next person through the door would have to carry on where he left off.
All the worrying and panic was for nothing as Ross Wilson managed to pull off a major coup by bringing Giovanni van Bronckhorst back to Ibrox, this time as manager.
Losing Gerrard may well prove to be a blessing in disguise, as the Dutchman has started off supremely well, going unbeaten in his first seven games and allowing the players to play with confidence again after early-season stagnation.
A new era begins for the club and it’s one that will hopefully reap more success going forward.
These were the three best moments of 2021 for me personally, every Rangers fan will have different views, but I can safely say that winning the league title unbeaten is top of the pile.