Rangers saw their remote hopes of silverware dwindle into oblivion last night following defeat to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.
The Light Blues were way below-par during a 2-0 defeat and it looks as though Steven Gerrard will finish the season trophyless.
The result represents a huge disappointment for the Gers, who in the process handed Celtic the ascendency in their quest for a triple treble.
Gerrard’s side trail their fierce rivals by eight points in the Premiership and with that lead looking unassailable, it looks like being a fruitless season.
The summer is likely to be a big one for Gerrard.
Okay, so he has done a lot of good things during his first year at Ibrox.
Rangers were competitive in Europe, narrowly missing out on the last 32 during the final round of group games.
Gerrard also appears to have got the best out of Alfredo Morelos who has scored 28 times and been called up by Colombia.
At present, the Gers are only eight points behind Celtic which is not quite the 12 that they finished behind the Hoops last season. That again is another factor in Gerrard’s favour.
What the Rangers boss needs to reinstate at Ibrox is a winning mentality.
Having not won a major trophy since 2011 the club has almost forgotten how to win silverware.
It is down to Gerrard to instill such a mentality into his players.
After so long in the wilderness, it will take time to topple Celtic and become the driving force of Scottish football once again.
Without a change in mentality, however, the prospects look hopeless.
For all the good things he has done, the harsh reality is that Gerrard needs to be the man to change that.