Steven Gerrard hasn’t given up hope that the Rangers fans can enjoy a title party in person.
The Ibrox side increased their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 23 points with a 5-0 thrashing of Ross County in Gerrard’s 150th game in charge.
Gerrard won’t say so, but it will take a miracle to stop them claiming a 55th title now, although the race is on as to whether fans will be inside the stadium to celebrate stopping the ten.
Covid numbers are looking slightly more encouraging after Scotland was plunged into another lockdown, but there’s as yet no indication when fans might be back through the turnstiles.
Gerrard accepts empty stadiums are necessary on safety grounds, but would dearly love to reward The Gers faithful for their support with a title celebration in Govan at the end of the season.
“It’s not ideal but it’s where the world is right now,” he said. “We really feel for the supporters not being able to come and watch the team.
“They follow us near and far. They’ve done that for many years before I came here.
“We’re trying to do them proud as much as we can. From game to game we’ll keep trying to do them proud.
“We know they’re with us in a different way but we have to accept where the world is right now.
“It’s fantastic to see the (virus) numbers are improving and dropping.
“Hopefully at some point in the near future it will be safe to return them because they play such a big part here.
“That’s what this club has been built on and what it’s about – the fantastic support.
“We want them back as soon as possible.”
The drubbing of the Staggies was even more pleasing given Rangers had five different scorers, as well as a welcome clean sheet at the other end.
Ryan Kent, Filip Helander, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Connor Goldson all found the net, with James Tavernier’s penalty miss proving immaterial.
“It’s fantastic to have two goals from set pieces, two headed goals from the centre-backs and a clean sheet,” said Gerrard. “The Jack goal I thought was our best goal because it was a team goal and it’s what we work for every day in terms of style.