Two weeks ago Derek Johnstone felt that Steven Gerrard had assembled the best Ibrox squad in a decade.
The former Ibrox striker recently had his status as a Sevco ambassador confirmed.
Throughout June Sevco fans were treated to upbeat news from Spain as stars flocked from across the world to answer Gerrard’s phone calls while 10 days in the sun transformed players into lean and mean fighting machines.
Johnstone believed it all until he turned up at Ibrox on Thursday night to watch the Revolution take on Shkupi.
Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass seem to have been the target of criticism for many fans, seeing Petrofac Cup winner James Tavernier wear the armband hardly suggests sweeping change is underway.
Returning to reality Johnstone told Evening Times readers:
Gerrard will know a lot more about his team after this game.
Not all of them played well, it has to be said, and I can see there being three or four changes for the return leg depending on fitness.
Rangers were okay on Thursday. Nothing more or less. Gerrard will have been pleased with the win, especially as it came with a clean sheet, but there was an awful lot to work on.
On another night they could have scored more. It is early days and the manager still doesn’t have everyone available AND he doesn’t yet know his best team.
Patience is an overused word in football and it’s rarely if ever welcomes. Particularly in Glasgow.
The fact is that this brand new management team and the new players need time – which you don’t get at Rangers – to gel together.
This was never going to happen overnight. However, a win in the first game is no bad thing. It’s a start.
The message since Gerrard was appointed is largely responsible for the lack of patience from supporters, Johnstone has bought into it hook line and sinker.
By the time that the domestic season starts in August the European adventure is likely to be over, with their ‘best squad in a decade’ reality is going to be a difficult place for Ibrox fans to get used to.