Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has encouraged his players to stay “humble” if they want to create history this season – and the Rangers fans need to do the same.
They say that it’s darkest before the dawn and the Ibrox support has been the only bright light in a near-decade of failure in Govan.
Rangers fans have passionately stood beside their team in the club’s darkest hour and – ironically – the stands are empty as a blinding light appears at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Steven Gerrard’s athletic, determined and talented side.
This is amongst the best footballing Rangers side’s I have ever seen, and it is incredibly difficult not to get carried away.
But Steven Gerrard’s Rangers won’t be mentioned in the same breath as those teams of yesteryear until they begin to win trophies, even if the words are least forming in the back of our collective throat.
The Ibrox club’s manager urged caution and calm as Rangers stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 11 points after hammering Aberdeen 4-0, making it Rangers’ best start to a season since 1967.
“I look at the league table every time we play. I’m not going to deny that,” said Gerrard [Glasgow Times].
“But I’ve never known a manager to get carried away in November. I don’t know how many games we’ve played, but there is a lot of football to be played, a lot of challenges, a lot of big hurdles to get over.
“But I won’t deny I’m happy. I’d much rather be where we are of course. But stay humble. We can rest the league for a couple of weeks.
“We’ve got some big European games and a big game in the league cup against Falkirk to look forward to. We move on to the next challenge.”
It’s wise words from a manager who knows all too well how precarious life in Glasgow can be and how quickly things can turn.
Rangers fans have the right to get excited but there is certainly a subdued element to any early ambitions.
The Ibrox club has made a monumental start to a monumental season – but we need to keep our feet on the ground until we really do earn the right to celebrate.
With some major vaccine news coming out in the media there’s every chance we could all be doing it together back at Ibrox come the season’s end in May.