Steven Gerrards appointment at Rangers in May of last year brought a fair amount of anticipation to Ibrox. This was the Liverpool legends first job in senior management and so there was doubt from all over the country of his ability to steady the ship at Rangers.
Gerrard’s first professional game as manager of Glasgow Rangers came against Macedonian side FC Shkupi in the first round of an impressive Europa League campaign where the hosts ran out 2-0 winners, Gerrard would guide Rangers through all 4 rounds of the qualifying campaign unbeaten against FC Shkupi, Osijek, Maribor and finally FC Ufa. This was an excellent achievement for Steven Gerrard and Rangers as they reached their first European group stage since 2010/11 season.
Domestically however things were not going so well for the Ibrox club, the league was once again lost to bitter city rivals Celtic as a result of points being dropped to teams that Rangers should have seen off. Defeats at the hands of Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, and newly promoted Livingston were a big factor as well as dropping points to, Hibernian, Motherwell and Dundee. Despite Rangers finally tasting success against Celtic twice it wasn’t quite enough as they finished 9 points behind their rivals.
If you were to ask me if this season was a success for Rangers I’d have to say it wasn’t, the season was a great step in the right direction both on and off the pitch, however having won nothing in Scotland reaching Hampden only once isn’t anywhere near enough to call this season a success at a club like this.
I do feel that Rangers have the resources to strengthen this summer and achieve domestic success next season and potentially go further in Europe, only time will tell for Rangers but this season was definitely a statement of intent to the rest of Scotland that Rangers are back.