The appointment of Steven Gerrard rightly returned optimism to Rangers, but it was not until he got to work that it would prove well-founded.
The Liverpool icon’s intense desire to succeed, swift work in the transfer market and implementation of a high-tempo style of football set pulses racing at Ibrox again, but there were still doubts.
European progress was a welcome change from previous seasons but could Rangers actually launch a title challenge?
Celtic’s defence was faltering but the Bhoys remained ahead of Gerrard’s men. The Gers were still yet to prove they were serious contenders to scoop the crown, going into the weekend’s game against leaders Hearts.
On Sunday, they provided it. That desire Gerrard emphasises was in plain sight once more and the hosts were not cowed one bit by their visitors’ strong start to the season.
In fact, it appeared to embolden Gerrard’s men. In a first-half triple salvo, they proved themselves to be serious title contenders.
They may be sixth and five points off the top but if they can sort their consistency out, they will be up there.
The confidence everyone connected with the club can take from sweeping aside a high-performing outfit cannot be underestimated. Rangers announced themselves yesterday.