When Rangers clinched the Scottish Premiership title on March 7, manager Steven Gerrard was adamant his first trophy was just the start and not a one-off.
The business Rangers have concluded in the last couple of weeks shows real intent and backs up those claims as he has tied down a vitally important trio within his squad.
Steven Davis (36) was first to put pen to paper on a new one-year deal that was completely merited. Steven is like a fine wine and is getting better with age. It's been great to see how he's completely adapted his game from being an energetic attacking midfielder in his early days when I played with him to now being a mature, deeper-lying player who regularly dictates the tempo and direction of Rangers' play.
One of the hardest skills to accomplish in football is the ability to do the simple things well and consistently. Steven has mastered both.
Younger players think you catch the eye of supporters or the manager by playing long, risky cross-field passes which regularly turns over possession. That couldn't be further from the truth and Davis is proof of that.
If you are a possession-based team, you need players who can handle the ball first and foremost then retain it so you can build attacks. You have to know when to mix your game up and Davis is a prime example of how that's done.
Gerrard has shown that age is no barrier by continually picking Davis, particularly in the bigger games when he knows he can trust the Northern Ireland captain.
Allan McGregor comes into the same category as Davis in that he's been there and done it, time after time. To build a successful squad that brings longevity, the balance has to be right and that is what McGregor and Davis bring.
McGregor (39) at times this season has defied his age with some spectacular saves at crucial moments. That tends to get forgotten because the Rangers back four have been so impressive, leaving McGregor standing idle for long spells. The mark of a great goalkeeper is when, after having very little to do, he can produce a bit of magic when required and McGregor has certainly mastered that.
His winning mentality and attitude to everything surrounding Rangers is vital to rub off on the younger players. You don't play deep into your 30s by luck. It's by design and epitomises how he lives his life as well as how he commits himself in training every day.
He's an example every young Rangers player with aspirations of having a long and distinguished career at Ibrox should follow. Having those leaders around the club is crucial and Gerrard has recognised that.
The big news this week was another contract extension, this time for club captain James Tavernier. He's been missing for the last while with a knee injury but his influence on the Rangers team this season can't be underestimated.
His energy and drive for a full-back is incredible and I've no doubt there would have been interest from south of the border in acquiring his services. His appetite for the game and the energy he exerts during games inspires his team-mates.
Captains are chosen for a number of reasons and Tavernier's is how he plays and drives his team forward.
He's had to be patient waiting for success to come at Rangers and personally he came in for plenty of criticism along the way. He has waited almost six years for his first major honour to arrive so I don't imagine it was in his mindset to jump ship.
There's a real sense that Rangers are on the right track and more trophies could follow so as the leader he will want to be part of any future successes. There have been many great captains before him like John Greig, Terry Butcher and Richard Gough so he will want to imprint his name in Rangers history just like those guys.
Gerrard's work will be complete when he extends the stay of Connor Goldson. I've no doubt the club will be in discussions to do just that, then Gerrard can rest easy knowing he's got a strong core for next season. Goldson has been a rock at the back and is probably the most improved player in the last 12 months and much like Tavernier I would anticipate he would re-sign if the offer were right.
It's vitally important to strengthen from a position of power and Rangers are certainly on the way to doing that. I expect some more business in the months ahead.
The focus now turns back to the Premiership and at the forefront of the players' minds will be an invincible league campaign. With the good news of the past few weeks and the harmony among the squad, you wouldn't bet against it.