With the victory over Hibernian (1: 0), Rangers increased their advantage over their biggest rival Celtic to as many as 19 points and thus approached the cup in three steps, which is still far from a celebration. Steven Gerrard thinks the least about the title.
Not only is he sitting in the managerial position of the Rangers, but also because of the painful memories from 2014, when his Liverpool lost five points in the last three rounds of the Premier League, and Manchester City poured champagne into the championship cup.
"What happened to us and how it happened towards the end of my career at Liverpool was really brutal for me. As a team and a club, it was a big disappointment because we got so close to the title. The fantastic fact that they have now won the title and that they are the current champions have helped me heal some wounds" "But from a personal point of view, winning the trophy as a coach and manager would certainly contribute to a complete healing," Gerard told Athletic in an extensive interview with Allen Shearer.
Liverpool later healed their grief by winning the Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and finally the home cup, which they had been waiting for for 30 years.
Rangers are waiting 9 years for a trophy
And at Ibrox Park, they have been waiting for any important cup since 2011, when they were the last champions of Scotland, only to be reduced to the fourth rank later this summer by huge debts.
"The next trophy will be a great thing. There have been many steps and progress. The statistics give you only a partial insight if you go from year to year, but the reality is that we have to lift the silver cup."
"The club is built on success, very traditional, historically and there is a lot of attention and responsibility. Progress and statistics alone are not enough. You have to win the cup, that's just it, "explains Gerard, who is treading his third season in Scotland, where second place is considered a failure.
"It's Old Firm, it's life in Glasgow, it's a situation where if you're not under pressure, then it's on the green side of town. That's right, that's how it is. That's the brutal truth of working at Rangers. I can't say how it is with their side, but from our side, the second place is not good enough "