Craig Bryson criticises decision to award Rangers boss Steven Gerrard Manager of the Year
St Johnstone midfielder Craig Bryson has hit out at Scottish football after Rangers manager Steven Gerrard won the Manager of the Year awards.
The Gers boss secured an individual double last week after adding the SPFL award to his Scottish Football Writers’ prize.
Gerrard was honoured after a sensational season where Rangers went unbeaten over the 38-game season, won the Scottish Premiership by 25 points and crossed the 100-points threshold.
Despite that success Saints player Bryson, who spent the majority of his career in England but featured three times for the Scottish national side, was unhappy at the perceived snub of his own manager, Callum Davidson.
He told the Daily Record: “How can he not be manager of the year? I just don’t understand that.
“I don’t want to downplay what Rangers have done, because they’ve been incredible this year.
“They’ve obviously gone unbeaten in the league and won that at a stroll really, with 102 points, but if you look at the budget, squads and all that stuff… in Callum Davidson’s first year of management he got St Johnstone to two cup finals and qualified them for Europe.
“I think at the start of the season if somebody had said that they would probably think you were being stupid, but everybody would have gone ‘well if that happens he’s definitely Manager of the Year’.”
Bryson added: “But that’s the kind of thing you need to deal with in Scotland, that everything is dominated by the Old Firm.”
We would not wish to discount the sterling job performed by Davidson in Perth – he’s achieved miracles there.
But so has Gerrard in Glasgow, and his role in achieving a historic season for Rangers should not be underestimated.
We’ve come a long way from the depths of Scottish football after being demoted down the leagues after a situation out of our control.
The journey back has been a long and arduous one and there were times where we couldn’t imagine being back on top in our rightful position.
The Pedro Caixinha reign was the nadir.
Gerrard arrived in 2018 and immediately set about a rebuilding job which took a few years to formulate.
But it’s all taken shape in his third season and we can now rightfully call ourselves Invincibles.
We wouldn’t have made waves about Davidson claiming one of the awards but the reality is most of his success has come in cup competitions which come down to singles games.
It just doesn’t require the same mental resolve as remaining unbeaten across 38 games in the league.
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