Rangers Fan View: 'Europa League has papered over domestic inconsistency'

8th Nov 2018

Rangers occupy third place in the Scottish Premier League table, having picked up 24 points from their opening 12 games.

That total is just two shy of leaders Celtic, while the Europa League knock-out stages are also in within reach.

So, what have the fans at Ibrox made of Steven Gerrard's start to life in the manager's dug out? Is he ticking all the boxes or struggling to stay afloat in the deep end?

We spoke to Gers fan John White to find out how the Liverpool legend is being received north of the border.

Daily Football Tips

Steven Gerrard's honeymoon period is over - are fans still impressed with how he has taken to management?

"I think the name Steven Gerrard perhaps buys him a little more patience with the fans than would be afforded to a lesser known manager.

"The European run has also helped paper over the inconsistency in the league. The vast majority of the fans are behind him, although there are a few who are now starting to question some of his tactics in games."

What did you make of the recent 'warning' he made during a press conference with Jordan Rossiter?

"I loved it! I really like it when mangers or players show the same kind of passion as the fans, it’s something you can really connect with.

"What he was saying is simple, if you can’t  deliver in big games then you should not be playing for Rangers Football Club."

You're two points off the top of the table - do you believe that you're serious title challengers?

"I think we are only that far off due to Celtic's form, had they started the way the have in the past couple of seasons I think we would be a long way off.

"We can’t be losing to teams like Livingston and have aspirations of winning the title. A strong second would be acceptable this season."

Where does the Europa League rank among your priorities - qualification looks to be in reach?

"At the start of the season it wasn’t really a priority at all, just getting to this stage was seen as very tough task and wasn’t expected.

"I think all of our fans wanted to see a bit of pride restored for Rangers on a European front after the horror show of last season and that has definitely been achieved.

"In the long term, this is where Rangers should be. But at the moment we are just taking it game by game and enjoying the adventure."

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