Today in the world of Rangers, two prominent figures in Scottish football have had a pop at the club.

First, Motherwell Captain Peter Hartley revelled in a pretty disgusting injury to Fabio Cardoso. Ryan Bowman’s elbow had clattered the Portuguese in a Betfred Cup semi. He’s since apologised for the statement.

Hibs Manager Neil Lennon then came out and challenged the Light Blue’s development, saying he found it underwhelming and doesn’t believe the hype.

All the while, Gerrard, the Club and the players have remained silent. Expect it to stay that way. The Ibrox club intend to do their talking on the pitch. Starting with Hartley’s Motherwell on Sunday.

Gerrard has quietly went around shutting his doubters up. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Gerrard silent but deadly on the touchline

The way Gerrard and the club have conducted themselves since the season started is to be commended.

First came backchat and word mincing from Osijek. Robert Mudrazija described Steven Gerrard as a tiny man. Zoran Zekić displayed confidence running up to tie. Both left disappointed. Zekić and his middle finger left disgraced. Their captain also left for Ibrox.

Then, Maribor were convinced they were the better team than Rangers. Even more so after they were dispatched 3-1 at Ibrox. A solid performance from Rangers and Greegsy in particular saw those claims off. Rangers once again used it as inspiration.

And that’s just it.

Zoran Zekic had a lot to say in the run up to the Osijek tie and only brought the Rangers team closer together. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Criticism and posturing bringing Rangers closer together

All of this posturing is doing one thing – galvanising and motivating a fledgling side. Bringing them closer. Focusing their minds. Helping us get results.

As far Rangers are concerned, all this doubt and bravado is gold.

Let the opposition talk.

Rangers will just keep shutting them up on the pitch.

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