Speaking to The Scotsman, former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch – who played for the club between 2007-2015, winning three Scottish Premiership titles in that time – has stated that Steven Gerrard must bring silverware to Ibrox Stadium this season to validate his campaign.
Gerrard is currently enjoying his debut campaign as a manager, and has impressed so far in Glasgow. The Gers are currently in second place, six points off leaders and reigning champions Celtic, with a huge game against third-placed Aberdeen on Wednesday night.
That is followed by a Scottish Cup fifth round clash with the impressive Kilmarnock.
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Looking ahead to these fixtures, McCulloch said: “Rangers have got to be challenging in the Scottish Cup and they have got to be challenging in the league. The manager knows that. He has come out and said so himself. So you need to go and win these next two games.”
McCulloch accepts that Gerrard has done a fine job so far, but insisted: “The nature of the beast is that Rangers is a club that has got to be challenging for every trophy that they go in for…So there is pressure there, but he will know that.”
The ex-Rangers skipper is right about one thing: that Gerrard has done a fine job so far at Ibrox. However, the notion that they must be in serious contention for every competition is a dated view. The fact is, the Glasgow giants still have a long way to go before they’re back at the top, as evidence by the fact that Celtic are currently chasing a ‘treble-treble’.
The vast majority of Rangers fans must understand that Gerrard is at the beginning of a long process. The end goal is to make the club a real force again, but he has only had two transfer windows to do that after all, having taken over a club that finished 12 points off of top spot last season.
To finish within a much more respectable distance of the Bhoys this time around, having challenged for far longer, ought to be validation enough of Gerrard’s first season.