Steven Gerrard declares that Rangers still have to prove themselves after ending 10-year wait to win Scottish title

Rangers honored their first Scottish Premiership title that took place in 2011 on Sunday but manager Steven Gerrard declared that they still have a lot of work to do.

Rangers fans were sad about Covid-19 lockdown limitations to assembly outside Ibrox before and after Saturday’s 3-0 win over St Mirren moved them to within a moment of the title and Celtic had needed a win on Sunday to delay their moment of joy.

Rangers are irreplaceable in the league this season and have refused Celtic a 10th successive title.

“I’m on a state of emotional high and it has been a journey that is not completed,” former Liverpool and England midfielder Gerrard made it known to the club website.

“There are many great things to come and the next thing for me, each time you win, it is always about what is next.

“This has been a team effort and a collective effort — it is a monumental victory and I am very happy to be the manager of such.

Scottish police apprehended 28 fans and charged several others following wild merriment sparked by the Rangers’ first league title triumph in 10 years.

Thousands of Ranger’s fans assembled at the club’s stadium, practice area, and George Square in Glasgow’s city center as they celebrated the team’s 55th league crown.

Many fans let off flares while some of them were guilty of disorderly conduct, assaulting police officers, and “sectarian related breach of the peace”, police said.

The gatherings were met with anger by the general public, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying fans risked the country’s progress in containing the novel coronavirus and described the scenes as “infuriating and disgraceful.”

Greater Glasgow police said in a statement on Monday that following a planned policing operation, 28 people were arrested.

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland added that seven people were issued with fixed penalty notices or will be the subject of a report to a local prosecutor.

“Despite the coronavirus regulations and the prohibition of gatherings, our officers were faced with a very hard set of situations,” Sutherland said.

“During the day (Sunday) a lot of minor bruises were experienced by members of the public, most of which were as a result of despondency.

“I really appreciate our officers who displayed great commitment and professionalism most of whom put their own health at risk during a tough period of time.”

Rangers said in a statement that they comprehend the happiness of their fans but pleaded with them to follow protocols.

“We’re aware there is an option for more, significant milestones within this season,” the Scottish Premiership champions said on Monday.

We await to more open dialogue with the government, police, SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League), and other primary stakeholders.

 

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