Rangers are gearing up for a title party ahead of the weekend as the club approaches Trophy Day and the long-awaited lifting of title number 55.
Rangers fans have waited a decade to see their side lift the top trophy in Scottish football and this will be the club’s first since their controversial financial collapse in 2012.
Whilst people have taken shots the entire way back up the pyramid and everyone else lost faith in the club, one group who never wavered were the adoring Rangers fans.
The Ibrox support’s unflinching loyalty is the envy of clubs across the globe, few of whom would truly survive the carry-on of the last few years.
Rangers have persevered and far from just scrape this league season over the line have emphatically dispatched their rivals and stand 90 minutes from Scottish Premiership immortality.
Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and a rake of tabloid newspapers have been firm with their messaging regarding fans gathering to celebrate the achievement.
And whilst Steven Gerrard is mindful of the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, he has pleaded with all sides to use “common sense” when it comes to the emotion of the situation.
“You’ve got to understand where the fans are. They adore this club, they adore the players,” said Gerrard [Sky Sports].
“They’ve followed near and far, they’ve followed through thick and thin. They’ve been on the floor and they’ve paid extremely big levels of money, even when they can’t get in the ground to see a glimmer of the pitch or a glimmer of the players.
“So I totally understand how they’re feeling and how excited they are but for me as manager of the club, I have send a message that they need to remain safe and listen to the rules that are in place.
🗣️"They've followed near and far, through thick and thin. But as manager of this club I need to send the message – they need to remain safe."
Steven Gerrard had this message for Rangers fans ahead of Saturday's game whilst calling for "people in higher places to show heart"👇 pic.twitter.com/Zl5nPXGOQ0
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) May 12, 2021
“But I also think people in higher places have got to show a bit of heart and understand that common sense will hopefully prevail.”
A leading epidemiologist has also been out this week claiming that any major gathering presents “low risk” to the covid situation in Scotland.