Rangers boss Steven Gerrard might finally begin to get the credit he deserves once the Ibrox side land 55 but when compared to an old Celtic foe up north the coverage is startling.
Steven Gerrard isn’t there yet but when he does lift the club’s 55th title and first in a decade it’ll go down in Ibrox folklore as an achievement as good as any in the club’s history.
But even if we go unbeaten this year it’ll be difficult to envisage the Liverpool legend – who’s been subject to some wild commentary in Scotland before – getting the same plaudits as ex-Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers ran over the top of a Scottish Premiership which had virtually no challenge with his invincible team of 16/17 fawned over in rakes of prose by smitten journalists aplenty.
But just like every Celtic boss of the last decade he failed miserably in Europe – somewhere Steven Gerrard has transformed Rangers.
The Ibrox side believe they’re in with a shout against Slavia Prague – the side which knocked Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City out of Europe.
But there’s a stat regarding Gerrard’s former Liverpool manager which highlights the King Power boss’ deficiencies and the fact Stevie G doesn’t get anywhere near enough credit when positioned against him.
That result – where Leicester lost 2-0 at home to Slavia – was the fifth time Rodgers has been knocked out at the first knockout round of European competition.
In fact, the much-lauded ex-Celtic boss has never gone beyond that round in his entire career with either Liverpool, Celtic or Leicester.
5 – Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been eliminated from all five of his UEFA Europa League knockout ties as a manager (all last 32) – with Liverpool in 2012-13 and 2014-15, Celtic in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and Leicester this season. Disappointment. #UEL pic.twitter.com/mLesa9CHgI
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2021
Rodgers admittedly brought a professionalism and elite level coaching philosophy which had never been in seen in Scotland before when he arrived at Celtic.
But he joined a club in complete control, with a wealth of finances, in an apparent stroll to the 10IAR that never was.
Steven Gerrard inherited a club on its knees, wrestled back a title from a financially superior rival amid huge press pressure, and is on the verge of doing so undefeated.
More than that, Gerrard has also transformed Rangers and Scottish football’s credibility in Europe – a feat which it has been proved time and again Rodgers is incapable of doing elsewhere.
Between the two, there’s only one choice for me, not disregarding Rodgers’ achievements, but it’s time the Rangers boss started getting the credit he deserves from elsewhere.
Here’s how Rangers fans reacted to the news they’d drawn Slavia Prague with fans excited to face off against the talented young European side.