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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hopes Scottish Premiership title win is 'the first of many'

Rangers went the entire Scottish Premiership campaign unbeaten after defeating Aberdeen 4-0 in the final game of the season on Saturday; Steven Gerrard: "I wanted to enjoy this moment because it's been a long time since I've smelled this success and the champagne."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard lifts the Premiership trophy during the Scottish Premiership match  between Rangers and Aberdeen  at Ibrox Stadium, on May 15, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Image: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard lifts the Premiership trophy.

Steven Gerrard insists he will never again let the chance to savour the sweet smell of success pass him by after soaking up every second of Rangers' champagne moment.

The Ibrox boss was doused with bubbly by striker Alfredo Morelos as new champions finally got their hands on the Premiership trophy.

But Gerrard did not mind one bit as his lifelong wait to get his hands on a league winner's medal was finally satisfied.

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Steven Gerrard's Rangers finally get their hands on the Premiership title after a long 10 year wait.

He has presided over a Rangers line-up that has now written their names into the record books, with a 4-0 win over Aberdeen sealing an unbeaten campaign that has seen a stack of records fall.

But, while his players jubilantly tossed the silverware aloft, the former Liverpool skipper stood back and took it all in.

It was the moment when all the pain of his repeated Anfield slip-ups were washed away.

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen.

And Gerrard cannot wait to sample it all over again: "I've got a lot of experience. I've been a professional since I was 17 years of age. Sometimes these moments pass you by when you're younger.

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"But I won't let another one of these moments ever pass me by again. What you have to sacrifice for moments like this, family-wise, on a daily basis - getting up really early, working late at night, sleeping through the night with stuff on your mind...

"I wanted to enjoy this moment because it's been a long time since I've smelled this success and the champagne.

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Steven Gerrard reflects on his title-winning season with Rangers and pinpoints the moments that led to them lifting the trophy.

"I absolutely stink right now. It feels really good and I want more of it. I'm as hungry as anyone."

Gerrard will now look to guide Rangers back to the group stages of the Champions League next term.

The pinnacle of his career came in 2005 when he led Liverpool to victory in that competition - an achievement he says is now matched by his first trophy win as a boss.

"It's right up there, because I love winning," he said. "That is my drive, that is my buzz, that is what I get out of bed for in the morning. My family will always be number one in my life, football will be number two.

"I have still got drive and hunger to achieve more. This is the first one, I hope it is the first of many."

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Steven Gerrard is at the centre of the celebrations with Alfredo Morelos drenching him in champagne.

Rangers as a club have had as much agony to endure as their manager.

But exactly 10 years to the day that the club were last crowned champions, Gers completed a journey back from oblivion to the top of Scottish football.

Some, like skipper James Tavernier, have experienced more hurt than others.

Sitting alongside his captain in the post-match press conference, Gerrard said: "Some of the numbers the players have posted this season has been really impressive.

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Steven Davis looks back on Rangers' title-winning season and says the desire is there to achieve more success next campaign.

"But when the dust settles we'll hit reset to go again. The expectation will go up but that's what happens at a club like this.

"It's special for all of us because we all worked ever so hard for it.

"The players deserve all the plaudits for it. And this fella next to me, James Tavernier, has been through more than most.

"I'm so pleased for him personally - as well as his team-mates - because they've given me absolutely everything."

Rangers rounded off their season in style, with Kemar Roofe netting a double in between Joe Lewis' early own goal and a late Jermain Defoe strike.

Dons boss Stephen Glass said: "In the first half we weren't good enough. We showed Rangers a little bit too much respect. We didn't get close enough to them and allowed them to play."

'Recruitment and Champions League key for Rangers'

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Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd says summer recruitment and reaching next season's Champions League group stages will be the priority after winning the Premiership.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on Sky Sports News:

"It's a fantastic achievement, but even Steven touched on it, the work starts again on Monday to prepare for Champions League qualifiers and next season. That's the nature of being at a huge football club.

"I'm sure Steven will be looking at strengthening the squad. Better quality players, that might sound stupid given they've ran away with the league but Celtic will come back stronger. Rangers will have to improve. That's the nature of being at a big club.

"Celtic will spend money, they'll have to throw a lot of money at this to turn this around. Rangers are in a good position with the players they've got, and if they can get into the Champions League it would be a massive stride in the right direction - to hear that Champions League anthem at Ibrox then I think the supporters will say 'We are really back'."

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