Rangers chairman Dave King has admitted that closing the gap to Celtic in the league was “never going to be easy but insists the Gers are now within “tangible reach” of dominating the Scottish game again.

The Gers chief gave huge credit to Steven Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen for the progress made on the pitch over the last year.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club, he is pictured with Stewart Robertson and Dave King at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The South Africa-based millionaire also admitted there was a risk in appointing Gerrard as manager but his “football pedigree” assuaged their fears over hiring a rookie manager.

“It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year. We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again,” King wrote in a letter to season-ticket holders as the club kicked off renewals for the new season.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22: Rangers majority share holder Dave King is seen during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“Much of the progress on the pitch can be attributed to Mark Allen, Steven Gerrard and their respective management teams.

 

“Turning to a young manager was a risk but it was one that Mark and the Board felt we should take because of Steven Gerrard’s football pedigree.”

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Gerrard’s side have made great strides in Europe and were unlucky not to reach the knockout rounds of the Europa League but still have a bit to go in the league.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 31: Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Celtic on the brink of an eighth successive title then there isn’t time for any more missteps if they are to stop them reaching the fabled 10-in-a-row mark.

Gerrard has shown he’s more than capable though and the coming season may well be the biggest test his managerial skills may face at any point in his career.