It started with a victory over Aberdeen and it ended with the Dons too.
When Steven Gerrard’s Rangers won 1-0 against the Pittodrie outfit on the opening day of the campaign back in August, the signs were there that the Gers would challenge for the Scottish Premiership title. But, not many would have predicted just dominant the Ibrox outfit would be.
Indeed, the club have swept all before them in the country this season, going the full league season unbeaten for the very first time in 122 years.
The team have kept a stunning 26 clean sheets in 38 matches, conceding just four goals at Ibrox and surpassing the 100-point mark with 32 wins and six draws. Nobody in the division has been able to cause problems for Rangers.
Some will aim at Scottish football’s lack of depth to minimise the Gers’ achievement in going 38 matches unbeaten, but one needs to only look at the team’s performances in Europe this term to gauge the quality of the team Steven has built.
There is still a sense the Scottish outfit could have got even further than the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Rangers are a good side.
As already referenced, the English tactician built last season’s success on a sound defensive foundation. While the likes of Kemar Roofe, Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield have all enjoyed strong seasons further forward, the side’s season has been defined by the showings of Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Allan McGregor.
They won all 19 of their Ibrox fixtures in the division. Rangers set a new record for the lowest number of goals shipped (13) over a full term while netting an average of 2.4 goals per match themselves. The 25-point between Steven Gerrard’s men and their rivals was a true reflection of their superiority.
Of course, it is not so long ago that arch-rivals Celtic achieved similar levels of dominance under the Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers, but the drop-off since then has been considerable.
Things can change rapidly in football, but the Gers are well-placed to dominate for the next few seasons in Scotland. Steven has the roster to absorb their loss.
It took him three years to mould his team into champions, and into ‘Invincibles.’ Now, a fresh standard has been set at the top of Scottish football.