Steven Gerrard’s Rangers suffered just their second league defeat of the season with a 1-0 loss to Livingston on Sunday.
The Liverpool icon has raised expectations around Ibrox and rightly so. His new signings look good, he is altering the team’s mentality and adding passion to a side that had been flat.
However, consistency is an issue. Gerrard is still learning as a manager and his squad is still gelling; as well as learning what it takes to launch a title challenge.
Thankfully for the expectant fans, the Englishman is very aware of that and is demanding of himself. It is also clear that he demands a great deal from his players too.
Sky Sports report that Gerrard’s self-analysis begins with himself and his staff. The drive and determination he showed as a player is clearly still there as a manager.
He also claimed he expects his players to be just as critical with themselves; he wants ‘proper’ footballers who are looking to get the best out of themselves at all times.
Rangers haven’t had that in recent years but Gerrard will demand it. He is as demanding as the fans, and does not think he knows it all. That desire and humility will take him a long way at Ibrox.