The reaction to Livingston vs Rangers has been intriguing as well as over the top this week.
Livingston managed to see off the Gers 1-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena last weekend. It was a thoroughly deserved win for Livi, and they controlled the game with ease. Not one Rangers fan could stand up and say that the performance was anything other than unacceptable.
Yet, for some reason, certain sections of the media feel that it’s enough to have a go at Steven Gerrard. This would be okay if they weren’t praising him to the hilt before the defeat.
As it stands, the media need to make their minds up on Gerrard and how they feel he’s performing. Stick by it, and don’t let one game change your opinion.
Take former Celtic star and current Sky pundit Kris Commons for example. The English-born Scot stated before the defeat to Livingston how impressed he was with Rangers under the new manager. Everything about the club was fresh and ready to tackle Celtic.
Fast forward after the Livingston defeat and all of a sudden Rangers “aren’t good enough”. Comparisons were also ridiculously made to Pedro Caixinha and the Portuguese’s start in Govan.
Commons isn’t the only one. Several different sources have decided to latch onto the poor away form and question Rangers’ character under Gerrard. That same character that was rightly being praised so strongly after qualification for the Europa League was sealed.
Fickle business or media inconsistency?
Is it just a case of football being a fickle business? Or do the Scottish media need to make a decision and not allow a bad result to change their narrative so dramatically.
Rangers have started the season well in Europe. Domestically, not so much. Everyone can see that’s the case and don’t consistently need it pointed out to them.
What people have to understand, however, is where Rangers were compared to where they are. Gerrard had to carry out a massive summer overhaul on his squad, and getting perfect results on a weekly basis is a massively tough ask.
Rangers have shown some real signs of improvement this season. The media, by and large, have recognised that too. But there’s no chance of Gerrard being a success if people are going to turn on him and ask big questions after every poor result.
This is a delicate stage in Rangers’ history. The process under Gerrard needs to be slow and accurate, So far, the manager is doing extremely well at Ibrox.
Media scrutiny is just part and parcel of the game. But to talk about the team not being good enough and lacking elements that were previously stated as being there in abundance? That’s a bit much.