The Englishman restored the club’s reputation on the continental stage, twice reaching the Europa League last 16, defeating teams such as Porto, Feyenoord, and Galatasaray along the way.
However, his success in the transfer market was mixed and this might be the chink in his armour according to some Rangers supporters. Although, he did hit the jackpot on Romanian star Ianis Hagi in 2020.
Rangers signed Hagi on loan from Genk in January of 2020, with the club still in the hunt for the league title. Three goals and two assists in just 13 matches saw Gerrard make the move permanent for £3m the following summer – and this could well prove to be fruitful for the club in the future.
In his two full seasons at Ibrox, Hagi has scored 12 goals and registered 19 assists in 72 matches, a solid enough return from the attacking midfielder.
However, it is undoubtedly his future potential that will have Giovanni van Bronckhorst most excited, although this hasn’t stopped any potential suitors from looking at the player.
The likes of AS Roma, Lazio, and Aston Villa have all been linked previously, with a fee of £18m being required to prise one of the Light Blues’ top talents away from the club – with this marking an astonishing 500% increase for what the club paid for him.
Hagi suffered a serious injury in January against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup and he has yet to return to the pitch, with Van Bronckhorst aiming to get him back to the level he was at before the injury.
The club suffered a drop in their creativity following his injury, relying primarily on Joe Aribo to create chances against domestic opposition who regularly deploy a low block.
Gerrard once claimed Hagi was “an absolute dream to work with” and there is no doubt that once he is fully recovered from his injury, the 23-year-old will once again become an important part of the Light Blues squad.
Van Bronckhorst will surely net the club a fortune on the Romanian in the next few years, but he has unfinished business at the club to attend to first.