Rangers have been officially crowned the champions of Scotland for the first time in 10 years – and in doing so, manager Steven Gerrard has emphatically delivered on the prediction he made when he first took over as boss.
The Light Blues are uncatchable at the top after Celtic’s 0-0 draw at Tannadice against Dundee United on Sunday afternoon.
That means Gerrard and co. are 21/20 points clear of their bitter Glasgow rivals at the summit of the Scottish Premiership table having won 28 of their 32 games thus far.
The unbeaten Ibrox outfit have scored 77 goals in their league matches this term while conceding only nine times.
They are looking to end the season undefeated as Celtic did in 2016-17, Rangers having only ever previously done so back in 1898-99.
But that they have won a long-awaited title, denying Celtic 10 in a row in the process, means Gerrard’s prediction in his first press conference back in May 2018 has come true.
Speaking about why he took the job, the Liverpool legend declared: “A huge opportunity presented itself.
“Obviously I was very aware of Rangers and the size of the club. I’ve watched them from afar for many years.
“I’ve sampled some of the Old Firm games. When the call came, it was a no-brainer for me. I got a different feeling in my stomach from previous opportunities I’ve had to be a No 1.
“From that phone call, I got a special feeling and I knew Rangers was for me.”
And he predicted: “With the right support, from the gentleman beside me, I’m looking forward to some exciting times.
“I believe I can come in here and improve things. I believe I can make these fans happy.”
Similarly, after the end of his first season in charge – the 2018-19 campaign in which Rangers finished second in the league, nine points behind Celtic, and lost in the Europa League group stages.
They were also knocked out by Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-finals and the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
But Gerrard said: “I have every confidence in all my staff – we are improving a lot of areas of the football club on and off the pitch.
“If you look where this club was and the reason why I got the job, it was on the floor and it was broken and it was fractured.
“Now, there is some belief and there is some positivity around. The fans have seen us play at a level that they are proud of, but we have had too many bumps and too many setbacks.
“So the aim and the challenge for us is, can we find consistency for longer periods next season? If we do, I predict it could be an exciting future.”
The 40-year-old wasn’t wrong – exciting times are certainly back, and the consistency they’ve certainly found in his third season in charge.
Rangers have been sublime this year, the only regret that fans cannot be inside Ibrox to truly celebrate their greatness.
In addition to their first top-flight title in a decade and their 55th overall, which moves them four ahead of Old Firm rivals Celtic, the Glasgow giants are also unbeaten in Europe this year.
Having been knocked out of the last 16 by Bayer Leverkusen last year, the Gers take on Czech leaders Slavia Prague in the same stage this season.
They have already beaten Lincoln Red Imps, Willem II, Galatasaray, Standard Liege, Lech Poznan and Antwerp in the continental competition this term, avoiding defeat in two entertaining group stage draws with Benfica too.
And Gerrard will hope to get to the last eight in Europe to go along with his side’s domestic success this term.