Steven Gerrard has been tasked with overhauling Rangers and that does not just entail bringing in a host of new players.
The Liverpool icon must alter the mentality of the club also. That means getting the fans to believe in the club again, getting players to be resilient enough to recover from setbacks and driving up standards across the board.
It is only really possible to test how well Gerrard has done on that score in the face of a setback and so far there haven’t been many.
Optimism has been the default setting at Ibrox this season. But after the meek surrender in the 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Aberdeen, Gerrard now faces his first major setback as Gers manager.
So now we’ll see to what extent Gerrard has hardened Rangers’ mentality. He has already called on his players to be tough enough to go again after Sunday’s disappointment and his approach is as no-nonsense as his playing style was.
Gerrard was an emotional player, hit hard by defeat and it remains to be seen how he goes about instilling that mentality in his Rangers squad or dealing with players who don’t currently have it.
As the old saying goes, you either win or you learn. We’re about to learn how much Gerrard has altered the mentality at Ibrox; which is arguably his biggest test of all.