St. Johnstone star Craig Bryson has been left baffled Rangers boss Steven Gerrard picking up all three Manager of the Year awards this season after leading the Gers to an unbeaten season for the first time in 122 years – and insists Saints boss Callum Davidson was the real Manager of the Year.
Gerrard picked up the SPFL Premiership, Scottish PFA and Scottish Football Writer’s Association awards for the Light Blues’ record-breaking campaign – while Davidson was left empty-handed despite leading the Saints to two cup finals and a fifth-placed finish in the league.
Bryson admits Rangers have been “incredible” but can’t see past his own manager for the awards.
“How can he not be manager of the year? I just don’t understand that,” the Saints star told the Daily Record.
“I don’t want to downplay what Rangers have done, because they’ve been incredible this year.
“They’ve obviously gone unbeaten in the league and won that at a stroll really, with 102 points, but if you look at the budget, squads and all that stuff… in Callum Davidson’s first year of management he got St Johnstone to two cup finals and qualified them for Europe.
“I think at the start of the season if somebody had said that they would probably think you were being stupid, but everybody would have gone ‘well if that happens he’s definitely Manager of the Year’.”
Had Davidson won the awards, few would have had any complaints given how well the Perth side have done this season – but the sheer dominance of Rangers this season makes it hard to look beyond the Ibrox boss.
After overturning the huge gulf that existed between Rangers and Celtic – as well as taking the Gers to the last 16 of the Europa League for the second season in a row – Gerrard wrote his name into the history books by going Invincible in the league.
St. Johnstone getting to the Scottish Cup final might be rare (this is the fifth in the club’s history), but Invincible seasons in the top flight of Scottish football are even rarer – Rangers and Celtic have two Invincible seasons each.
In any other year, Davidson would have probably swept the board but this year Gerrard was always going to come out with the individual honours after picking up the league title.