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The Scottish Premiership is over, Celtic are champions for a ninth time in a row, officially scuppering any faint lingering (if entirely unrealistic) chances that Rangers would have of getting the better of them.
All of which leads to the question, as posed to the Totally Scottish Football Show by listener Michael Slavin: does this make it more or less likely that Steven Gerrard will leave Rangers?
Does this make it more or less likely for Steven Gerrard to leave Rangers?
— Michael (@MichaelSlavin98) May 18, 2020
Andrew Slaven and JJ Bull discussed this topic on the emergency edition of the Totally Scottish Football Show this week.
“I can’t see Gerrard leaving Rangers, feeling like he’s not achieved something yet,” said Andrew. “If Gerrard leaves Rangers, it’ll be because he’s pushed. We all knew that Gerrard had to win a trophy. Young managers have to win a trophy by a certain age to be considered a success.”
JJ stepped in: “43. Not considered – it’s just that they don’t go on to do anything more. They have to win a trophy before they’re 43.”
All that said, JJ believes that Rangers are heading in the right direction with Gerrard.
“Gerrard has made some decent signings, but they’ve got to do it slowly. They’re not there yet, but they’re definitely making huge steps. They were really close in his first season: that Gerrard quote that he got torn apart for – that if games ended at 80 minutes they would’ve won the league – I thought made sense. It’s something they can build upon and get more points, and finish closer to Celtic.
“He can win titles there. Celtic will change, but they won’t lose that league until Scott Brown leaves. When he goes, it will change who’s in charge of the team and the culture of the club. It will be a real moment. I’ve read an awful lot recently about how influential captains are, and certain kinds of captains are, and looking at a lot of team and empire building by some coaches.
“I really think it’s underestimated how integral Scott Brown is to Celtic’s dominance. Money is involved as well.
“Rangers don’t have that captain. They don’t have that clear idea of what they are. It’s a little bit of a panic to try and get back to where they were.”
“Ryan Kent was a panic buy. At the time I thought £7million for Kent was mental. It’s not his fault he hasn’t lived up to £7million worth: he’s a decent player who’s been able to give them a little something extra when they need it. There are a couple of examples where he’s been able to break teams down [the goal against Braga being one example].
“It’s still going to take a lot of time, and the problem is there’s not a lot of patience with trying to stop Celtic doing the ten in a row. It’s a real distraction they don’t need. I think it’s just a mentality, and it takes a long time to build that.
“Steven Gerrard, I think, looks like he knows what he’s doing taking Rangers forwards.”
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