One year on: Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have closed gap with Celtic
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One year on: Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have closed gap with Celtic

One year ago, Steven Gerrard was first announced as the new manager of Rangers.
The Liverpool hero’s appointment sent a bit of a shockwave through football. Here was one of the game’s biggest legends, taking his first steps into football management with one of the game’s oldest footballing institutions.
Rangers remain scarred from the aftermath of 2012, but absolutely no-one can deny the progress under Gerrard on the pitch. It’s been a challenging year in many respects, but one that really needed to happen.

Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the new Rangers boss a year ago. In his first year he qualified for the Europa League, secured at the very least second place and also defeated Celtic.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Steven Gerrard at the helm Rangers really are a different prospect. This is undeniably the best Rangers squad we’ve had for close to a decade.
But the club had to make a sacrifice in appointing a rookie manager to get there, and we’ve felt that this season. At the same time as we’re developing, so is Steven Gerrard as a coach.

Rangers a different prospect under Gerrard

One year on it’s the chance to reflect on Gerrard’s tenure so far. Whilst it’s disappointing that it’s looking increasingly unlikely we’ll end the year with a trophy, it’s hard to argue that we’re not on the right path.
The Liverpool legend has made mistakes. Rangers have struggled for consistency. We’re still a touch off challenging Celtic properly.
But as we head into year two of the Gerrard project, for the first time in a long time there’s an air of stability at Ibrox.

Dave King has promised to pledge season ticket money to Steven Gerrard’s transfer kitty next season [originally]. (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

And whilst some people desperately try to maintain otherwise, the gap between the Old Firm is now more a nervous jump that a sprawling chasm. Yes, that’s despite the prospect of our rivals winning another treble.
Now it’s up to Steven Gerrard to build a side this summer which is prepared to take that leap. And you won’t find any Rangers fan who isn’t prepared to do it with him.

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