By Ben Brown

26th Apr, 2022 | 8:40pm

Rangers miss having Steven Gerrard as boss says Pat Nevin

Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin believes Rangers still miss Steven Gerrard, despite new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s exploits in Europe.

Gerrard left Ibrox in November last year to take charge of Premier League side Aston Villa after leading the club to the Scottish Premiership title last season, a feat van Bronckhorst looks unlikely to repeat.

Despite that the Dutchman has taken them on a remarkable European run to the Europa League semi-finals, and also set up a Scottish Cup final against Hearts after overcoming Old Firm rivals Celtic at Hampden.

But as relayed by BirminghamLive, BBC pundit Nevin told Lord Ping he still feels the club are in recovery from Gerrard’s departure.

“Giovanni van Bronckhorst came in at a tough time, because of Steven Gerrard leaving unexpectedly as it were, but they’ve been a good side and boy, they’ve had a brilliant run in the Europa League as well,” he told the outlet.

“And if they don’t win the league, but get to the Europa League final, it’ll still be seen as a great season for them.

“They’ve got to miss Steven Gerrard being around, as does the entirety of Scottish football.

“There was a real kudos about Scottish football having him around but let’s not forget; Giovanni van Bronckhorst has come in and he’s got them on the cusp of a European final.”

Strange Take

Nevin maybe has a point for Scottish football overall but as a club Rangers haven’t been knocked too much since Gerrard left.

Yes the league looks to have gone but the European progress is nothing short of miraculous and it is a feat that Gerrard was unable to achieve during his own time in Glasgow.

Add to that the Scottish Cup final against Hearts which the Gers’ will be expected to win then it seems bizarre to suggest that van Bronckhorst hasn’t managed to fill the Englishman’s boots.

It’s another huge week for the club with the final Old Firm of the season squeezed in between the two legs against RB Leipzig, with Rangers the clear underdogs against the German outfit.

Come through that and book a place in the final and any minimal dwellings on Gerrard’s departure will be blown away once and for all.