Rangers have won the Scottish Premiership for the first time in 10 years, following Celtic’s failure to beat Dundee United on Sunday. The success is a first as manager for former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, who took charge at Ibrox in 2018.
The title means that Rangers have now extended their world record tally to 55, one more than Northern Ireland’s Linfield. Celtic, are unable to become the first club in Scotland to win the league for a 10th time in a row.
Rangers remain unbeaten in the league with six matches remaining this season and picked up a 3-0 victory against St. Mirren on Saturday to maintain their 100% home record and set up Sunday’s clinch.
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 7, 2021
“It is very difficult to put into words right now,” Gerrard told the club’s official website. “I’m on a real, emotional high and it has been a journey that is not finished. There is more to come and the next thing for me, when you win, it is always about what is next, and I am so proud of the players first and foremost — they are the most important people inside the club.
He continued: “We are in March and I need them to keep delivering until the end of the season. We need to enjoy this and get ourselves ready for the next challenge. Glasgow Rangers is about winning and we all live under that pressure, and that responsibility.”
Steven Gerrard celebrates with Rangers fans from inside the club dressing room. Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images
In the aftermath of victory on Saturday, Rangers players ran into the corner of the ground and greeted fans who had gathered outside the gates. Gerrard, meanwhile, poked his heads out of the windows of the changing room.
And the celebrations continued on Sunday despite ongoing lockdown measures, with the BBC reporting that some arrests were made. The fans’ behaviour was criticised by the Scottish Government, but Gerrard understood why so many were keen to celebrate
“This club has been to hell and back over the past 10 years,” Gerrard said. “I’ve only been part of it for three, but I can certainly relate and I’ve got that feeling and that affection with the fans and I know what they have been through.”
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The club’s last league title came in 2011 but they spiralled into financial turmoil and were demoted to Scotland’s bottom tier in 2012 after entering administration. They returned back to the top-flight five years ago.
Rangers’ first league match as champions will be against Celtic in the Old Firm derby on March 21 (stream LIVE on ESPN+).
Information from Reuters has been included in this report.