Rangers legend Ally McCoist has reminded Steven Gerrard that he must add major silverware to secure his future as Light Blues boss.
McCoist, scorer of over 350 goals for the club, was Rangers manager between 2011-14 and knows the incessant pressure that Gerrard is under as he bids to end their major trophy barren run. The Gers have not won a top-flight league title since 2010-11, the same season as their last Scottish League Cup success.
After masterminding his side to a 1-0 win over Celtic on Saturday the noises have grown ever louder at Ibrox with the title appearing tantalisingly close already, and McCoist believes pressure won’t subside until it is clinched.
In an exclusive interview with SunSport, McCoist detailed the task that still awaits Gerrard before he can be considered a success at Rangers.
He said: “This is Steven’s third Rangers season and it is crunch time.
“It’s ridiculous to think he’d be under pressure if he doesn’t win anything this season, considering the progress Rangers has made.
“But I know from experience, you must deliver major trophies if you wish to remain Rangers manager.”
Tough tests ahead
A Scottish Premiership title seems like a mere formality at the moment with Rangers sitting pretty on top, 19 points ahead of bitter rivals Celtic after their 1-0 Old Firm win at Ibrox on Saturday.
However, Rangers still face trips to Aberdeen, Hibernian and Livingston, who make up the rest of the top five in the Premiership, before they face a massive fixture at Celtic Park on March 20.
It was away games at Livingston and Hibernian where Rangers dropped their only points of the league season, being held to a 0-0 and 2-2 draw respectively.
Even if they do secure the Premiership this season, the Gers will still be expected to progress to the latter stages of the Europa League.
After falling at the Round of 16 stage to German side Bayer Leverkusen last season, supporters will be expecting Rangers to show the strides they have made this season and make a mark on the competition.
They travel to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp on February 18 before the return leg at Ibrox a week later.
Though the Jupiler League outfit recorded an impressive victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage, the Light Blues will have been glad to avoid an elite side and will be confident of making it through to the next round.
Doing so will help Gerrard in his quest for Rangers greatness, and will help alleviate the pressure that McCoist is fearful of.
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