For most Rangers fans, going back and picking apart the last few years is the last thing on their mind.
Under Gerrard, the club are taking their first major strides in close to a decade.
But against Ayr, it’s a unique chance for the team to look at how far we’ve come. The last time we faced the Honest Men, things were a bit different at Ibrox.
A Saturday in December 2013
Rangers faced Ayr at Ibrox and claimed their 20th successive competitive win by scalping Ayr United 3-0.
It was the 7th of December and as the festive begun, it was still a pretty frosty one for Rangers. They might’ve been skelping their way through League One, but they were there in the first place.
Rangers would go on to complete this season unbeaten, but it feels like just a subtle blip in our memory.
The goalscorers that day? Jon Daly, Fraser Aird and Bilel Moshni. Ally McCoist was manager.
Even Ayr find themselves up a division in 2018. They are admittedly a different side, but so are we.
It’s also pretty crazy to think back to our starting line-up that day:
Cammy Bell, Seb Faure, Lee Wallace, Ian Black, Lee McCulloch, Bilel Mohsni, Arnold Peralta, Lewis MacLeod, Nicky Clark, Jon Daly, Fraser Aird.
I’ve got a funny feeling one of that 11 might start tomorrow.
Looking back is important for Rangers fans
It’s important Rangers fans never forget this period in our history. We were spoilt with success for years. It was as traumatic as anything else that’s happened as Rangers fans. Footballing-wise at least.
Now, we’ve been right to the bottom and worked our way up. It’s a story like no other in football.
Never forget how far we’ve come in the last six years.
As fans we have never wavered, although many times our team faltered. The League One promotion might’ve been the easiest one of the lot but we would encounter a few meaty speed bumps on the way.
We’re certainly not there yet. There will most certainly be a few more to come too.
Let’s hope Ayr United at Ibrox for the first time in almost five years isn’t one.