THE events of 2012 and the subsequent years were hugely difficult for everyone associated with Rangers to deal with and events off the park often became more important than what was happening on the pitch.

That hasn’t been the case recently and the focus has been on getting Rangers back to where they belong in Scottish football since Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan brought about regime change at Ibrox.

For the players that are new to Rangers, and for Steven Gerrard and his staff, all of this talk about EBTs, tax laws and company regulations will come as a bit of a shock. It is hard to get your head round and it is all new to them.

But there is plenty for them to keep their mind on at present rather than concerning themselves with what is being said or written and what is being discussed at boardroom level. They will stay well clear of that and focus on the future for Rangers, not the past.

I know the fans will inevitably look back over the last seven or eight years but they can’t afford not to look forward as well. This could be a great season for Rangers.

We won’t be back where we need to be until we are champions of Scotland and winning leagues and cups on a regular basis again and that is the aim for everyone at Rangers. That has always been the ambition this season.

Everyone will be aware of the noise around the club but it shouldn’t unsettle the players, even if they do want to listen to it or read about it as the story unfolds.

They will be interested to know about the club, of course they will, but they also know how much that next piece of silverware will mean to the club and the supporters and that can be their Ibrox legacy.