Throughout Steven Gerrard’s time as Rangers manager, there have been plenty of defining spells for his side.

Euro-playoffs combined with Old Firm derbies, crunch domestic ties intertwined with Europa League matches, big games followed by even bigger ones.

But there has never been a more defining eight days in Steven Gerrard’s tenure than the week and a bit he has entered from today.

A trip to Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership is followed by the chance for silverware in an Old Firm Betfred Cup Final only four days later.

After these defining domestic ties, Rangers then host Young Boys knowing a draw will be enough to secure them safe passage to the last 32 of the Europa League.

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Each of the three matches presents their own set of challenges, each of them presents their own set of rewards.

 

Depending on who you ask, there’s also an argument that all three grow in importance and stature as the week goes on.

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The importance of three points in the Scottish Premiership cannot be understated, whilst the value of qualifying for the last 32 is a welcome boost to the club’s financial coffers.

But if you ask the average fan which is the most important of the three, they’ll say the game sandwiched in the middle every time.

Points can be reclaimed, a shot at the Betfred Cup this year can’t.

Can Steven Gerrard win Rangers’ first piece of major silverware since the events of 2012 at Hampden on Sunday? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

These eight days may well signal the defining 192 hours of Steven Gerrard’s tenure as Rangers boss so far with the end result symbolic of our progress.

But should he get through it with the results Rangers fans crave, and with some huge matches ahead, you can bet there will be bigger weeks to come before the season’s out.

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