Steven Gerrard has been given a less than subtle employment warning from the Daily Record.
Dressed up in the romantic language of a Mills & Boon thriller Keith Jackson delivers a summary on the rocky relationship between the rookie manager and the troubled club living beyond their means in a bid to live up to past ill-gotten glories.
The award winning author has had some tiffs down the years with various regimes but remains closer than most to the moods inside the Blue Room of unsurpassed dignity.
Dave King has been noticeably quiet in recent times as the legal actions and bills start to mount like the deficit to Celtic in the ‘race’ for the SPFL title.
The joy of the December derby victory followed by signing Jermain Defoe and Steve Davis has given way to the reality another trophy-less season on the back of a ballooning wage bill.
Less than one year on, it now feels safe to say the honeymoon period which followed this grand publicity stunt is well and truly over.
And now, even before they toast their first anniversary, the time has come for a more a more sober-headed assessment of Gerrard’s likely relationship with Rangers going forward and perhaps even to ask if they have a future at all.
That has certainly been the subject of some heated debate since Tuesday night when – for the second time in little more than four months – McInnes of all people ended Gerrard’s hopes of an early silver lining to this fledgling romance.
So Rangers and Gerrard are whey they are. And, right now, that’s not in a particularly pleasant place. Of course, once the domestics begin to rage behind closed doors as they have done since Aberdeen’s Scottish Cup quarter-final win at Ibrox, often the first victim is a sense of reason or rational.
Setting up a convenient fall guy he adds:
He was also shot-gunned into a partnership with director of football Mark Allen who was a legacy of the board’s poor decision-making and who has yet to show any worthwhile signs that he is not another Caixinha-sized error of judgment.
With season ticket renewals expected soon King will have to come up with some impressive moonbeams to get the gullible to buy into another campaign although the close season tends to be a period of incredible success around Ibrox.