Steven Gerrard says it has been ‘a long time since he smoked champagne’ as he praises the history of Rangers lifting the Scottish Premier League for the first time in a decade after going unbeaten for the season.
- Rangers took home the Scottish Premiership trophy for the first time in ten years
- Their 4-0 win over Aberdeen meant they ended the league game season unbeaten
- They also broke a record by allowing only 13 times in 38 league matches
- Manager Steven Gerrard said it had been a long time since he hadn’t drunk champagne
Steven Gerrard praised his history makers when Glasgow Rangers received the SPL trophy on one of the best days of his life.
It has been two months since Rangers were confirmed as champions, but by beating Aberdeen 4-0 at Ibrox, Gerrard’s side made sure they ended the season unbeaten. They collected 102 points from their 38 games, scored 92 goals and had a goal difference of 79.
They only admitted 13 times to create a new benchmark and registered 26 clean sheets.
Steven Gerrard holds the Scottish Premiership after the Rangers win their first title in ten years
Gerrard said it had been a long time since he’d smelled champagne after Morelos poured a bottle over his head
The numbers are astonishing, but even more remarkable was the fact that this was the first time that Rangers went through the season without a defeat for the first time since 1899 – when they only played 18 games – becoming only the fourth team in Scotland to achieve the feat. .
Gerrard, who has been in charge of the club since May 2018, was over the moon when his skipper James Tavernier took the trophy. Hired to break Celtic’s stranglehold, he is determined to ensure that this triumph is the first of many.
“I wanted to enjoy this moment because it has been a long time since I smelled this success and the champagne,” said Gerrard, who was poured into bubbles by striker Alfredo Morelos during the festivities.
‘We have given the players an environment to grow. I am so proud of James and his teammates. We’ve had to suffer from time to time for the past three years, but we need to use this as a launch pad. We will keep pushing.
‘The numbers are really impressive, but when the dust settles, they are used against us. Expectations are of course going up at a club like this. We (won) it very early but when you arrive on this day it is still so very special. This trophy is special for all of us because we worked so hard for it. ‘
There were no fans in the stadium, but it was bedlam outside. Thousands of crowds had gathered from early Saturday morning, paying no attention to social distance, and the match was played to a soundtrack of blasting fireworks and flares being fired.
Rangers’ 4-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday meant they remained unbeaten for the entire season
At one point during the second half, more than 20 supporters climbed a wall to get onto a roof in the bottom tier of the Copland Road grandstand, but the situation did not escalate when an army of guards gathered.
On the field, Rangers were in cruise control mode from the moment Joe Lewis thrust through his own net in the fifth; The double by Kemar Roofe, on either side of half time, put the outcome beyond doubt before Jermaine Defoe added a sparkle in the final minute with a cool finish.
“We gave the boys a way to play,” Gerrard said. ‘They really gave me everything. We never lost the belief that we would come to this moment, but we will keep going. One (title) is not enough. We will enjoy this moment and relax for a few weeks. We will then reset and go again.
James Tavernier hoists the trophy while Rangers have finally reclaimed the Celtic trophy