Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has refused to be drawn into predictions in the wake of Dave King’s open letter to fans last week, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The chairman addressed fans ahead of our season ticket renewal campaign at Ibrox, claiming that the club ‘now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.’
It’s fair to say they are comments that have created a bit of a media storm this week, with pundits and rivals weighing in on the debate surrounding how close we are to Celtic.
No surprise then that when Gerrard sat down for his pre-match press conference yesterday, assembled journalists were desperate to get the manager to put pressure on himself and make a prediction or concur with King’s comments.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Ibrox boss wisely dodged it, saying:
In terms of the statement, he is obviously well within his rights to say what he believes and what his opinion is. We recently had an open and honest conversation and I look forward to catching up with him face-to-face shortly.
In terms of tangible Scottish dominance, for me I don’t think it’s sensible for me to make any predictions.
For me the challenge is for me to have this squad and this team ready to compete for what’s available next season. I don’t have to really look further than that.
We want to finish this season as strongly as we can and then get ourselves best prepared to have another go next year to win the next trophy that’s available, and that’s the League Cup.
Reading between the lines, it doesn’t sound like Gerrard particularly agrees with what King had to say or at least perhaps doesn’t agree with it being made public.
The manager will just be looking to get on with the job at hand and leave the talking for others.
We have a massive summer of rebuilding to do and the action will come thick and fast in the form of European qualifiers.
He’ll barely have time to think about the tail-end of next season and a trophy charge, never mind discuss it with media.