Rangers manager Steven Gerrard “deserves” something to show for the massive improvements that Light Blues have made in his reign, according to Walter Smith, but were reminded they’ve not won anything yet.

The Gers are 19 points ahead of bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and Smith hailed the “tremendous” job done by Gerrard since he took charge in 2018.

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Gerrard could become the first Rangers boss since Smith to win the title (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Smith hopes the Gers can get their hands on silveware this season and thinks the Gers have been “building up” to the point they can wrestle the title back.

“Rangers have been building up to this and Steven Gerrard and his backroom team have done a tremendous job,” Smith said [Scottish Sun].

“They put themselves in a position last year where they showed they could get up there, but just couldn’t maintain it. But being successful is never easy. Nobody has ever won ten in a row before, so that proves it must be really difficult.

“It’s difficult to keep teams together for that length of time.

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“For Rangers, they have shown they can put up a challenge — but that’s all it is at this present moment.

 

“Celtic are effectively still the champions until somebody else takes that title off them.

“I’m hopeful Rangers will do that this year because it would be a great thing for the club and for Gerrard as well.

“He’s done a lot of hard work and deserves something tangible to show for it. So I’d hope he would be able to do that.”

The Gers look to have one hand on the Premiership title but need to remain focused to ensure they don’t Hibs it and somehow lose the league.

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The Gers boss has taken the Light Blues to within touching distance of the title (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If it does happen this season, Gerrard will go some way to writing his name into the club’s folklore – although he’ll still have a long way to go to get close to Smith’s legacy at Ibrox.

Smith rubbished comparisons between the current Celtic side and his own attempt at winning ten in a row 20 years ago

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