The trophy hadn’t even been lifted, let alone the dust allowed to settle, before Steven Gerrard was already delivering a rousing speech to his title-winning troops that this was merely the beginning.
Rangers had finally ended the 10-year grip of rivals Celtic on the Scottish Premier League in dominating fashion, winning 28 of their 32 matches in the campaign, drawing the other four and conceding just nine goals against to confirm their status as champions with six games to spare.
But for a man driven by success, one is simply not enough, as Gers’ striker Kemar Roofe revealed to the Super 6 podcast .
“As soon as we won the league, the next training session the gaffer said in the meeting: ‘This is the beginning, this is just the start. So don’t even think about trying to believe yourself that you’ve done it or you don’t need to keep going.
“This is the start because we need the momentum to keep going. We need to win the double, we need to win the treble, we need to go far in the Europa League, we need to get in and go far in the Champions League. It never ends.’”
Rangers’ Europa League run may well have ended shortly after – in a 2-0 defeat to Slavia Prague which has been overshadowed by allegations of racist abuse – but the performances of Gerrard’s side had caught the attention throughout the competition.
The former Liverpool captain has made no secret of his desire to one day manage his old club, with many previously believing his stint at Ibrox was a stepping stone to greater things.
But rather than testing himself in the Premier League before his seemingly inevitable appointment as Jurgen Klopp’s successor, Gerrard appears more than content continuing to hone his craft north of the border in the meantime.
Considering this is Gerrard’s first role in management, his start has been mightily impressive, and he has instilled a serious winning mentality in his side, which Roofe confirms stems entirely from the man in charge,
“It comes from the gaffer he is naturally like that when he was a player he was like that so he’s naturally going to bring it as a manager,” Roofe said. “Each year he’s been trying to bring in players with that same mentality, so we’ve got a dressing room where everyone has the same mentality to win, even in training we have to win.”
And Gerrard’s competitive streak does not just shine through from the touchline.
“He joins in sometimes and if a players gone off injured and we’re a man short in training, or a spare man at the end of a possession game he’ll join in on one or two touch,” Roofe added. “But yeah, he’s still got the quality, you know if you give him the ball he’s going to find you again.
“To be fair, I wish he joined in more, because even when playing alongside him you’re going to learn and also when it’s a game and he’s playing properly he will tackle you tough, you need to be careful because he’s going to leave a foot in every now and again!”