Nothing generates conversation quite like a message from Dave King – both amongst Rangers fans and non-Rangers fans – and that’s certainly been the case for his latest statement.
One excerpt reads: “It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year. We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.”
Now, saying something like this is always going to generate talk. It’s inevitable, and you’d expect most of it to be bad. Fans will say that we haven’t won a trophy, whilst Celtic are continuing to dominate on paper.
However, the reality is that success isn’t only determined by trophies. This year, we ran Celtic closer than we have in a long time, and a title win looked genuinely possible for a long time. Not to mention, we had a decent run in Europe, whilst we also managed to win the Old Firm derby. Those are all hugely positive steps.
Is there a long way to go? Of course, and if the team isn’t improved this summer, we’ll regress quickly.
But for a first season under Gerrard, things have gone well, and if we can keep that up for another year, there’s no telling how far we could go.
King will generate anger with these comments, but he’s absolutely right. It’s important, of course, that we don’t let our foot off the gas, but he’s not showing any signs of doing that.