December 3rd 2020. Rangers lead the Scottish Premiership by 11 points and are through to the knockout phase of the Europa league with a game to spare.
A feat all the more impressive when you consider that their group contained European heavyweights Benfica.
Steven Gerrard’s men were always accused of lacking consistency and bite when it mattered in recent season.
Well you certainly can’t say that anymore.
They’ve won at Celtic Park convincingly. They’ve went unbeaten against Benfica home and away. They’ve scored eight goals in a single game in league action and are unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership after 15 games with a goal difference of +38.
They crucially have added depth to their squad which has been lacking in recent years. In the striking department alone they have Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermaine Defoe. A mouthwatering prospect as a manager to have.
Tactically, the players look well drilled and confident in their shape as well as their own individual ability. Again, added competition for places can only have helped both of those aspects.
Furthermore, Steven Gerrard has been assured when any hiccups have come his way such as the breach of COVID regulations by two of his players – Jordan Jones and George Edmundson. No big drama or soap opera. A dressing down, told to stay away from the squad and keeping the rest of the team in check. Simple but effective. That’s what strong management is.
With strong management, players raring to play each and every game as well as added competition for places all over the park, it would take a brave man or woman to expect a Rangers collapse anytime soon.