Xabi Alonso has told the Daily Record that he reckons Rangers are “just around the corner” from winning trophies under his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, after leapfrogging Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Gerrard, 39, took over Rangers in the summer of 2018 and has since won 48 out of his 80 league and cup matches. He has guided Rangers into the Europa League group stages in two successive seasons, as well as beating Celtic twice last term.
Last weekend’s 5-0 win over Hamilton saw Rangers go top, after Celtic suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Stadium. But Gerrard is yet to win a trophy since taking over.
Rangers sit top, and have reached the semi-final of the League Cup and will play host to Hearts on November 3. Alonso believes Gerrard will finally break that duck, and earn Rangers’ first trophy since winning the Scottish Championship in 2016.
“I am sure trophies are just around the corner for Rangers now Stevie is there. I am sure he is going to achieve special things at Rangers,” Gerrard said. “Stevie was not a normal player and he will not be a normal coach. He is a winner and will be a winner as a coach.”
TBR’s view – Can Gerrard win a trophy this season at Rangers?
The difference between Celtic and Rangers is the smallest it has been since Rangers regained promotion back to the Scottish Premiership in 2016. The Gers have finally taken a leap towards the Hoops, and away from the rest of the pack.
Beforehand, the likes of Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Hearts would be confident of getting a result against Rangers but these days, Gerrard’s men are expected to beat those sides. Now, it is a tussle between Celtic and Rangers.
Celtic have the know how in their squad when it comes to winning trophies. Rangers lack that, but Gerrard will be determined as ever to finally lift a trophy and stop Celtic’s pursuit of four consecutive trebles.