Rangers FC managed to win the Scottish Premiership under the guidance of Steven Gerrard but the manager has a lot of work to do just to make sure his intricate plans do not collapse.
The Gers won the SPFL title without losing a single game meaning they finished at 102 points while Celtic came a distant second with 77 points. But with such a huge success, a lot of the Rangers first-team players have come under the limelight now and according to former Rangers director John Gilligan, the club will have to part ways with a few of them this summer.
Gilligan has admitted that if a good enough offer comes by then Rangers FC will have to cash in but at the same time, Steven Gerrard should be able to maintain the core spine of the side despite the departures.
He told Glasgow Times: “It is massive. Definitely. I think it will have a lot to do of how we hold the pool together.
“I think if we get (acceptable) offers, a couple of players could go. But I think the squad is strong enough to be able to sell two players.
“You forget that this year we have Ryan Jack, if he can get through a pre-season and get fit, we only had half a season from him.
“If Katic can get fit, there is another player. Wright from Aberdeen, I think with a pre-season in him he could be a good player. We have Oforborh and Sakala coming in. We are OK.”
Many think Steven Gerrard has achieved almost everything with Rangers this past season but in reality, the hard part begins now for the manager.
A number of the big Rangers players are already being with various European clubs and since the Gers are primarily a selling club, if a decent offer comes in then they will have to sell.
But the real challenge for Steven Gerrard will be to put that money into good use and bring in some proper reinforcement to be able to defend their domestic title next season. Or else, Celtic will be back on the top of the table in no time at all.