Landmark Rangers success proves under-fire figure deserves Ibrox backing
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European success prove Rangers fans should back boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has come under heavy fire in recent weeks for his side’s stumbling domestic form since the turn of 2020.

The Ibrox gaffer has seen his side drop points in four matches since the restart of domestic action and now linger some 12 points off Old Firm rivals Celtic, albeit with a game in hand.

But despite domestic grumbles, Steven Gerrard continues to impress with Rangers in Europe, guiding a Scottish side to the last 16 for the first time since Rangers made it that far 9 years ago.

Rangers’ 4-2 aggregate win over Braga cannot be lauded enough.

Especially when you consider about 18 months ago we were being bombed out of Europe by Luxembourgian minnows Progres Niederkorn.

The character, mentality and above all else, quality, that this Rangers side showed to drag themselves back into it in the tie at 2-0 down at Ibrox was indicative of the bouncebackability fast becoming synonymous with Gerrard’s rein.

Rangers have routinely met disaster with triumph and have shown a steeliness at times to break through to the other side when under pressure.

On other occasions we have folded under it. Consistency on home soil remains a real issue.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has done remarkable things with this Gers team and you only need to look at the success in Europe to see it. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

But this was Portugal’s form side and Rangers didn’t just look more than a match for them, they looked the better side across the 180 minutes.

The players are rewarded with a trip to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen, the supporters can enjoy another leg of the European adventure, and Steven Gerrard, well, Steven Gerrard can get the credit.

The financial benefits of these last two Europa League runs have helped transform the running operations and playing squad of the club.

We’re no longer one of European football’s laughing stocks and we have the most credible opportunity for silverware in close to a decade, Scottish Cup Final 2016 aside.

Ianis Hagi fires Rangers back into it against Braga at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers’ complacency on home soil and inability to break down stubborn defences might be a great source of frustration.

Celtic’s domestic dominance must be broken in the coming seasons and Rangers must find a way to build a credible title challenge.

But our progress in Europe under Steven Gerrard proves we have a quality, youthful team on the right track to doing so.

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