Legendary former Rangers striker, Derek Johnstone, has appraised Steven Gerrard’s first campaign in charge, in his Evening Times column.
The former Scottish Players’ Player and Writers Player of the Year, won 14 major trophies in 13 years at Ibrox.
Therefore, he’s pretty well qualified to pass judgement.
After the most recent slip-ups against Aberdeen and Hibernian, it looks unlikely the club will win any silverware this season.
The former Ger is reluctant to label the season either a success or a failure. However, he has identified the games which he believes have cost Rangers a genuine shot at a title.
“The Betfred Cup and the Scottish Cup are obviously really disappointing and not reaching a final isn’t good enough”, wrote Johnstone, in the Evening Times.
“Steven Gerrard knows that and the players know that. They will be frustrated by how the league campaign has unfolded and the points that have been dropped when we really should have won and built some momentum.”
“Look at the games at Pittodrie, Motherwell and Dundee early on. Or, the three draws with Hibernian and the St Johnstone fixture at Ibrox. Those points could have made all the difference for Rangers.”
Of course, there are going to be bad days at the office over the course of any season. Therefore, it’s unrealistic to expect that Rangers could have come away from all those fixtures with three points.
However, if the late equalisers at Aberdeen and Motherwell had been avoided and Gerrard’s men could have made their dominance count on one or two occasions against Hibs, they’d be right in the mix.
Celtic’s lead may be significant, but there are fine margins involved here.
It’s just about learning from those mistakes and becoming ruthless, next season.