He can’t do anything wrong at the moment, and Steven Gerrard has replaced hope with expectation at Rangers.

It’s the one change that’s made the Ibrox side return to their big-club status once more. Too often in the past there has been a lack of expectation at the club under previous regimes.

It seemed to be returning under Mark Warburton back in 2015/16. However, in truth, the Englishman failed to handle with the expectation when it arrived. Instead, he seemed to crumble under it and leave when it got too tough, resulting in his departure.

You don’t get the same vibe with Gerrard.

A new era

Steven Gerrard is ushering in a new era at Ibrox (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The Liverpool icon has started similarly to Warburton in that hope is gone and expectation is back. Fans are turning up to Ibrox and expecting their new-look Gers side to turn over the opposition.

This isn’t something that happened with Gerrard’s appointment alone. Instead, it’s happened through performances and a real feel of a special new era dawning at Ibrox.

Not many would’ve been expecting Rangers to get as far as they have in Europa League qualifying. Results against Shkupi, NK Osijek, and NK Maribor have raised confidence levels through the roof.

In addition to that, Rangers’ powerful start to the domestic season sees them sit two points ahead of Celtic. That’s always a bonus regardless of how early in the season it is.

Title challenge?

Gerrard’s blistering start has opened up talk of a title-challenge. It remains to be seen whether that level of progress can be made this season. However, it just goes to show the expectation levels that the new manager has brought to Ibrox.

Gone is the talk of pipping Aberdeen to second. Rangers fans and general Scottish football supporters know this should happen without too much fuss. Replaced is talk of the glory days returning and Celtic’ dominance ending.

Rangers will take to the Ibrox turf against FC Ufa of Russia tonight. Last season, this would’ve been seen as a banana skin. However, this year supporters are expecting a comfortable win.

Getting to the group stages this year would be a sensational achievement. However, soon it’ll be the least supporters expect.

Rangers are clearly on an upwards trajectory, and no longer is hope an overwhelming part of a Rangers fan’s Saturday.

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