Posted7 mars 2021, 16:43
The Glasgow Rangers were crowned in the Scottish Premiership, for the first time since 2011. This trophy has a particular taste for the team of Swiss Cedric Itten who were relegated to 4th division in 2012.
After their victory (3-0) against Saint-Mirren on Saturday, there was only one point missing for the team coached by the iconic former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, to secure the trophy. By conceding a draw in Dundee (8th), Celtic Glasgow finds itself at 20 points with six games to play and can therefore no longer catch up.
This title crowns a season in which the Rangers have remained undefeated. They have won 28 of their 32 games, including all 16 at home.
Relegated to 4th division in 2012
It is also the return to the top of the most successful club in Scottish history (55th title), nine years after a receivership and an administrative demotion that had precipitated him in the fourth division.
The club was then rebuilt, allowing the English Steven Gerrard in 2018 to come and launch his coaching career. This Scottish Premiership title is the first trophy won by Gerrard as a coach, after a busy playing career with Liverpool (1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 2 FA Cups and 3 League Cups).
Passion stronger than fear of the virus
Saturday, the match against Saint-Mirren had given rise to scenes of jubilation to welcome the players on their arrival at Ibrox Park and after their victory, in defiance of the containment measures decreed by the Scottish government to fight against the Covid-19.
“We are very disappointed that the supporters have come together. With a view to controlling the virus, the actions of a minority of individuals endanger the health of all and of the mobilized police, ”lamented a Scottish government spokesperson at the Sky Sports microphone, while the Scotland has been confined since early January.
The Rangers’ coronation in the league ends a nine-year reign of Celtic, crowned every year since 2012.
As for the Swiss Cedric Itten, he did not play on Saturday. Arrived in Scotland in August 2020 from St. Gallen, he wore the Rangers jersey 24 times in the Scottish First Division.