Gerrard targets future success as Rangers seal title


Gerrard targets future success as Rangers seal title
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Scottish Premiership - Rangers v Celtic - Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - January 2, 2021 Rangers manager Steven Gerrard REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

In Summary

  • Gerrard celebrated winning his first managerial trophy on Sunday after Celtic’s goalless draw at Dundee United meant the Hoops were left 20 points adrift of their bitter rivals with six games in the season still to go
  • While Gerrard expressed his pride at what his side have achieved, the former Liverpool captain is already looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first-leg showdown against Slavia Prague

Steven Gerrard has his sights set on more silverware with Rangers as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon denounced the “infuriating” and “disgraceful” gatherings in Glasgow that greeted the club’s Scottish Premiership title triumph.

Gerrard celebrated winning his first managerial trophy on Sunday after Celtic’s goalless draw at Dundee United meant the Hoops were left 20 points adrift of their bitter rivals with six games in the season still to go.

While Gerrard expressed his pride at what his side have achieved, the former Liverpool captain is already looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first-leg showdown against Slavia Prague.

“It is very difficult to put into words right now,” he told the club’s website. “It has been an incredible journey we have been on and we deserve it. I’m on a real, emotional high and it has been a journey that is not finished.

“There is more to come and the next thing for me, when you win, it is always about what is next. We are in March and I need them to keep delivering until the end of the season.

“Glasgow Rangers is about winning and we all live under that pressure, and that responsibility, but it is about what is next and it is about me getting these players ready for what is next.”

Thousands of jubilant fans flouted the current lockdown to congregate outside Ibrox Stadium and at George Square, and Sturgeon warned the crowds could jeopardise plans to ease coronavirus restrictions.

Sturgeon tweeted: “Everyone has made so many sacrifices in the past year and seeing a minority risk our progress is infuriating and disgraceful.

“It is deeply unfair to the entire country, and the police have a hard enough job already. Please ask fans to go home @RangersFC”

Having spent so long in the shadow of their bitter rivals following their relegation to the fourth tier in 2012 after financial collapse, Gers have now cantered to the title with six games to spare.

They will have the chance to rub salt into their neighbours’ wounds in two weeks’ time as they walk out at Celtic Park having already smashed the Hoops’ reign of dominance.

Gerrard added: “I am so proud of the players, they are the most important people inside the club. This has been a team effort and a collective effort, it is a monumental achievement and I am so proud to be the manager of that.”

Rangers chairman Douglas Park hailed an “absolutely unbelievable” achievement, adding on RangersTV: “We’ve achieved 55, we’ve won the league. I couldn’t be more happy for the club, the supporters and everyone.

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