Steven Gerrard’s ambition is certainly infectious, as he outlined where he wants Rangers to be come January.
Rangers are set for a heck of a December schedule next month. The club have an incredible 11 matches over the next five weeks or so. This includes the final two Europa League group stage contests.
Come the end of it, everyone will know a lot more about where Rangers are just now. Yet, Gerrard is in no mood to talk about any potential negatives coming out of this schedule.
Instead, the Gers gaffer has stated that he plans for his side to come out of it in the same position, or ahead of Celtic.
“Looking at this period it was a case of, ‘Can we get to the international break and be in a nice position?’.
“Domestically we are where we wanted to be. We wanted to get to a cup final, so that is a disappointment, but we’ve responded.
“We need everyone to play a part between now and the final whistle against Celtic, and we want to get to the end of the next block in this position — or an even better one.”
The importance of keeping in touch
It’s simply vital that Rangers, in the main, don’t lose sight of Celtic next month. We saw just how damaging that was back in 2016 in particular, when Rangers let Celtic steam ahead of them after a dreadful end to the first half of the season.
The Gers are, however, going to be facing similarly tough fixtures, and need to be on their toes. Having the goal of toppling Celtic is enviable, and is no doubt possible if the standards stay high. It would, however, mean an almost flawless December.
We’ll find out a lot about Rangers in that pivotal Old Firm clash in December. So much football has still to played before then, however. Rangers won’t be in for a tougher period of the season than the one they’re about to endure.
It’s clear that the club are meeting their targets nicely so far. It’s vital, however, that they’re always ready to strike when Celtic have a slip-up. If they crumble into their shell, then Celtic will run away with it next month.
But you get the feeling that finally this Rangers side is made of sterner stuff.