Former Rangers keeper Ronald Wattereus has lauded “box office” Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard and insists that the future under the Gers manager “looks very positive” after they wrapped up the title for the first time in a decade.
The Dutchman admits that it was a gamble by the Gers to appoint the Liverpool icon almost three years ago but pointed to the interest in the Gers’ Europa League qualifier with Willem II as proof of the interest he has brought to the club.
Wattereus thinks this season’s success can open new opportunities to “grow and develop” as they reap the rewards of showing some loyalty and giving Gerrard the time to see his plans through.
“Rangers took a gamble when they appointed Steven Gerrard, but it has paid off,” Wattereus said [Sunday Post].
“Normally, to go two seasons without silverware at Rangers would mean the sack for the manager. But Rangers believed in Steven and his staff. They were loyal to him and backed his judgment. It has now paid off and the future looks very positive.
“That in itself will create its own opportunities, and there is a real chance for the club to grow and develop. It’s obviously very difficult just now to have the fans included because of the pandemic, but they will be back in time.
“We all want to see Ibrox Stadium packed as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Gerrard is box office. When Rangers played Willem II in a European qualifier earlier this season, there was an unbelievable amount of interest in the game in Holland.
“Normally, a qualifier wouldn’t have registered too much, but that was not the case for this one.
“That was down to Gerrard and people wanting a glimpse of him, and to see how his managerial career was going.
“It’s going very well – and that is great news for my former club.”
Returning to the Champions League next season is one massive opportunity the club can take advantage and progression to the group stage would bring huge financial benefits.
With Gerrard continuing to restore the club to its rightful place at the top of Scottish football, the future does look “very positive” for Rangers just now.
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