Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has insisted that moving to the top of the Scottish Premiership ‘means nothing’ to him and has warned his Rangers stars not to get complacent ahead of more challenges to come this week.
The Gers moved above Celtic this weekend after a hard fought comeback win against Hearts at Tynecastle, capitalise on the Hoops’ inability to take part in league fixtures.
Gerrard though knows that you don’t win anything for going top of the table in December and has urged his players to stay focused.
As quoted by The Evening Times, he said:
It means nothing to me and I’m not lying. It is fantastic for the fans as it has been too long.
They can enjoy tonight but we have another big game in 72 hours and that’s my focus. I said before the game it would be nice to be top, but I won’t think about that.
All I will think about is what knocks we have, who is available for Wednesday against Aberdeen and what am I going to do without Scott. I go straight to work for that game.
I am not interested in the league. You get nothing for it now. We have worked hard to get there, but it is a challenge for us to see how long we can stay there. The players know that and we have to handle that. There is no point getting carried away, because we are in early December and you get nothing for it right now.
It’s a refreshing attitude from Gerrard given the hype that has surrounded any forward progress at Rangers since returning to the Scottish top-flight in 2016.
We’ve heard all sorts of bluster from failed managers and players and to hear Gerrard so laser focused on short term objectives can only serve us well throughout a busy month and into the new year.
It’s a winning mentality and something we’ve lacked for far too long now. This lack of complacency makes me as confident as anything else that we’re serious contenders this season.