Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Rangers was seen as a good thing for Scottish football, as well as the Gers themselves. A big name in the game, the world would certainly be keen to monitor the former England captain in his first senior managerial role at Ibrox.
That, probably has been the case when talking about Scottish football on the whole, though his mere appointment in Glasgow is far from a quick-fix for the Light Blues. Now, that’s not to say that the Liverpool legend hasn’t had a positive impact on the club – he clearly has – and the importance of a return to the Europa League cannot be understated.
However, as was obvious against Celtic (though even games against Aberdeen and Motherwell), Rangers are still a work in progress. Now, that’s a logical conclusion (whether you agree with it or not) but the nature of the situation and pressure that’s on Rangers this season mean that recent comments from Kyle Lafferty are far from helpful.
Speaking to Northern Ireland radio station Cool FM (via the Daily Record), the Gers forward has insisted the club are fully focused on bringing home the 55 and that everyone in the Ibrox dressing room believes this will be the year Rangers win the Scottish Premiership title.
Clearly, Lafferty’s comments are well-intentioned and speak to the ambition coursing through the corridors in Glasgow, though put an unnecessary pressure on the club.
Winning the league title is a nigh-on impossible for Rangers this season. Though the problems behind the scenes at Celtic may put a dent in their armour, it’s clear that a side going through as much of a transition as Rangers are will take time to properly settle.
If Gerrard really is suggesting they can win the league, he’s buying into the pressure-cooker atmosphere at Rangers, one that has previously proven detrimental. Ambition is one thing sure, but adding that sort of burden could prove problematic, especially if Rangers’ pretty poor defensive record continues to cost them precious points.
Rangers are on a journey and an exciting one so looking for the finishing now seems somewhat overblown.