Former Rangers star Robert Fleck insists that winning the title this season would surpass Graeme Souness kicking off 9 in a row given the huge disparity of resources available.
Steven Gerrard’s side are 21 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and don’t have the same “bottomless pit of money” afforded to Souness as he kick-started the club’s most successful spell in its history.
Fleck points to the signings of the likes of Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun by Gerrard and compares it to Souness luring England internationals like Chris Woods and Terry Butcher north of the border as proof of the difference between the two sides.
With Rangers closing in on the title, Fleck is hopeful the Gers get back to their rightful place at the top of Scottish game – and was full of praise for Steven Gerrard in his role in getting the Gers there.
“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that winning the league this season would be a bigger achievement than Graeme Souness winning it in 1987,” Fleck said [Daily Record].
“I know the contrast from pre-Souness to winning that first title in 1987 because I’d played in front of crowds of 11,000 at Ibrox so it was a massive turnaround.
“But I just feel this one is a little bit bigger when you consider where Rangers have come from in the last three years and the budget Gerrard’s had in comparison to Celtic.
“Graeme Souness signed guys like Chris Woods and Terry Butcher, established England internationals, but Gerrard has signed players that people in England probably hadn’t even really heard of.
“That’s no disrespect to the likes of Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun but they weren’t household names when they were playing south of the border.
“But Gerrard has turned these guys into good professional footballers, along with some of those who were already at the club before his arrival, and if it happens then it will even be up there with the biggest achievements in his career.
“Graeme Souness had all the money – a bottomless pit really – and Steven hasn’t had that and I just hope Rangers can get back to where they belong and stay there.”
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