Chris Sutton has claimed in his Daily Record column that the pressure is beginning to mount on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool legend is yet to win anything as Gers boss.
Gerrard watched on as his side dominated in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park on Sunday, but failed to overcome Celtic. Rangers suffered a 1-0 defeat to their bitter rivals, thanks to Christopher Jullien’s second-half winner.
Alfredo Morelos’ drought against Celtic continues, missing a penalty and a handful of chances – with Fraser Forster in inspired form. Rangers remain without a trophy since Gerrard replaced Graeme Murty, while Celtic have won the last 10.
Gerrard has delivered Europa League football twice in two seasons and taken Rangers to second, and even beaten Celtic twice. But the gap remains, and Sutton believes the pressure is beginning to increase on Gerrard following plenty of financial backing.
“The pressure now turns to Gerrard across the city, he’s spent all the money but what has he delivered?” Sutton said. “The blunt truth is that he’s achieved nothing so far. No matter what anyone says, he’s been backed financially and the longer it goes without a trophy, the more the pressure builds for him.”
TBR’s view – What must Gerrard do to satisfy Rangers board this season?
Losing in a final that you have dominated will come as a bitter pill to swalllow for he Rangers players and Gerrard himself – especially as there is some truth in what Sutton is saying – though it is far too much to say his job is in danger.
The fans and the board are more than happy with Gerrard, as are the playing staff. He has brought the class back to Ibrox, and the growth and identity of the team is more than evident. But Gerrard needs silverware.
Sunday proved an excellent opportunity, but Gerrard needs to win a trophy this season to prove Rangers’ growth. Failing to do that, and the pressure will be well and truly on his shoulders.