Rangers boss lands latest dig on rivals as tears continue to fall over decisions in Scotland
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Rangers boss earns LMA Award despite continuing grumbles up north

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has received a Special Achievement award from the League Manager’s Association (LMA) as the Gers gaffer’s achievements this season are recognised.

Gerrard, 40, is in his first job as a manager and has transformed the fortunes of Rangers after a decade in the doldrums.

Not only did Gerrard do what journalists and fans aplenty north of the border believed was impossible by achieving 55 and stopping 10IAR, but he did so in true Stevie G style.

The Gers toppled records like ten-pins this season as the club earned a knockout Scottish Premiership strike and went the season unbeaten.

In the process the Ibrox side broke the Scottish clean sheet record (26), got a record Rangers points total (102) and set a new British record for goals conceded in a league season (13).

All this despite the reality of financial disparity with the other side of the Old Firm and being written off time and again by the Scottish sports media.

Watch Gerrard speak at the LMA Awards show with the Rangers segment beginning around the 20-minute mark.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the League Managers Association,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“To receive this award at the end of a memorable season is humbling and the success we have had at Rangers over the past 12 months has been a huge team effort.

“My backroom staff – and all the staff at the club – have worked tirelessly and the players have given me absolutely everything.

“In particular, my relationship with Douglas Park as Chairman, Ross Wilson as Sporting Director and the wider board has been a key ingredient of success.

“To go through the entire league season unbeaten says so much about their drive and determination, so the Special Achievement Award is for them as much as it is for me.”

Gerrard’s recognition also comes at a time when salty rival fans – mostly of the Celtic persuasion both in the press and online – have talked down the gaffer’s achievements this season.

Many Celtic fans are clinging on to St Johnstone’s cup double this season as a semblance of victory and with some even reputable sources claiming Saints manager Calum Davidson was “robbed” of the Manager of the Year award.

Whilst there was definitely a case for Davidson this year – even if it wasn’t as strong as Gerrard’s – this kind of hyperbolic language only serves to show how bitter plenty are over 55.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard celebrates making history and lifts the Scottish Premiership trophy. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers were deserved title winners and given the fact this is only the second time in the club’s history they’ve gone unbeaten – the last being 1898/99 – the feat is quite incredible.

Well done Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff and let’s hope the Ibrox gaffer can continue to show his passion for Rangers heading into next season.

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