Gerrard's amazing Rangers: 112 goals for and 33 victories

The team led by the Liverpool legend is completing an outstanding season: leading in Scotland and in the second round of the Europa League.

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On 27 July 2012, Rangers were admitted to the Scottish 4th division after being rejected by the clubs in the previous three. The Glasgow team had declared bankruptcy and had to start practically from scratch. Nine years later and led by Steven Gerrard, the blues are about to raise the Scottish league again and in the eighth of the Europa League by practicing very attractive football and achieving record records.

Rangers beat Antwerp 5-2 in the second leg of the round of 32 of the second top European competition in a tie that ended 9-5 on aggregate. Gerrard's team continues at an extraordinary level in both local and European competition and faces the final stretch of a season that will be historic.

The 'Gers' are leaders in the Scottish Premiership with 82 points (in 30 games) and are 18 points ahead of Celtic, their eternal rival and habitual dominator of the competition. If Celtic lose to Aberdeen on Saturday and the Rangers beat Livingston they will be dependent on themselves to become the earliest champion in the Scottish league. What is almost certain is that they will raise the title again after ten years of drought. His situation in the Europa League is similar. They were leaders in the group stage and have comfortably outscored Antwerp in the first knockout round.

Historic numbers

Steven Gerrard took office in spring 2018 and signed a four-year contract with Rangers. At the beginning of that campaign, his team was 12 games undefeated and managed to beat Celtic for the first time since 2012. The English coach has built a competitive team and is achieving record numbers.

Rangers has played 40 official matches this season and has a record of 33 wins, 6 draws and just one loss; the one that took place in the League Cup against St. Mirren (3-2). The Scottish team has scored 112 goals, conceded 25 and achieved the best numbers in the club's history at this stage of the season.

Their dominance in the Scottish league is being astonishing: they are the only undefeated team, they have achieved 82 points out of 90 possible and 18 out of second-placed Celtic. In the 30 matches they have played, Rangers have scored 73 goals and only conceded 9. That is, they average 2.4 goals per match and concede 0.3. In addition, they have kept a clean sheet in a total of 22 games. They have the player who has generated the most goals in the league (James Tavernier, 20) and the two top assistants (Tavernier and Hagi, 9) .

The statistics in the Europa League are just as surprising, but they have perhaps more merit for the level of their rivals. The Glasgow team had to overcome three qualifying stages (Lincoln, Willem II and Galatasaray) to reach the group stage. In that first round he was paired with Benfica, Standard de Liege and Lech Poznan in a group that was not easy at all. The 'Gers' finished leaders of the group with 14 points (4 wins and 2 draws) and left Benfica of Jorge Jesús in second position, with whom they starred in two interesting duels.

A team with individualities that make a difference

One of the great successes of Steven Gerrard in his time with Rangers has been to make a team competitive and capable of beating anyone. However, in that process he has been meeting players who have reached an extraordinary level.

One of them is James Tavernier. The team captain has managed to finish with double figures for goals and assists since Gerrard joined Rangers. Despite being a right-back, his role in the team's offensive play is vital and contributes a differential point to set pieces, whether in fouls, corners or penalties. Tavernier has accumulated 17 goals and 15 assists in the 41 games he has played this season and is the team's alma mater. A team that also benefits from the participation of Kemar Roofe (12 goals 2 assists), Ryan Kent (8 and 7), Joe Aribo (7 and 4) or Ianis Hagi (6 and 9), son of Gica Hagi.

In the 4-3-3 of the Liverpool legend, Barisic and Tavernier play a key role in the wings, but the center of the field is very important to build game and free the top three from defensive work. That role is perfectly fulfilled by Steven Davis, Aribo and Ryan Jack or Glen Kamara. However, it is impossible to think about the success of this team without Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian striker is the team's top scorer and an attacker capable of contributing much more than goals. His match against Antwerp was defined as his coach as "the best performance of the season" and he already has 13 goals and 11 assists. The icing on the cake for a team that wants to continue making history.



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