Steven Gerrard has warned his Rangers players they will not be granted more than a couple of days to bask in the glory of securing a long-awaited Scottish league title.
Celtic’s goalless draw against Dundee United on Sunday confirmed what has been an inevitability for the overwhelming majority of a season which has been utterly dominated by Gerrard’s rapidly improving side.
There were scenes of jubilation outside Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers ended Celtic’s dominance of the Scottish domestic scene, but Gerrard already has his eyes firmly fixed on his next challenge.
After a barnstorming win over Royal Antwerp in the previous round, the Gers face Leicester’s conquerors Slavia Prague in the last 16 stage of the Europa League with the first leg scheduled to take place on Thursday.
‘We are in March and I need them to keep delivering until the end of the season,’ Gerrard told the club’s official website.
‘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, but it is about what is next and it is about me getting these players ready for what is next.
‘I want to get into the last eight of the Europa League and that is the next challenge and the focus is very much on that.
‘It is very difficult to put into words right now. 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.’