The two prizes that Jack Butland collected on Sunday evening were a fitting reward for his individual efforts over the course of the campaign. The two medals he could earn over the next month will mean more, much more, to him.

It has been a super season for Super Jack, but legacies are made by historic campaigns for Rangers. Butland was named the Men’s Player of the Year and Men’s Players’ Player of the Year at the Rangers awards ceremony. In truth, his name could have been etched on the glass mementos several months ago.

Just hours earlier, he had proven why he was the outstanding candidate for both gongs with the latest in a long line of game-changing, match-winning performances in the victory at St Mirren. Without Butland, Rangers would arguably have not won the match. Without Butland, they would not have a hope of winning the treble.

Butland has been the preeminent performer for Rangers since the first day of the campaign. It is often easy to downplay the efforts of a keeper but there is nothing lucky about having a top operator between the sticks and contributing to the team. Butland’s position within Philippe Clement’s side is as important as the man that fills the No.9 role at the other end of the pitch. Indeed, if Rangers had a striker of the same calibre as their keeper, their trophy chances would look even better heading into the final five fixtures.

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The save to deny Conor McMenamin late in the first half – as he somehow stretched out his right arm and got a strong enough hand to the ball to divert it away from his goal – was the standout moment. It is one of many in an incredible campaign. Butland has not just been the best player at Ibrox this season, he has been the most accomplished and exceptional in the country.

In black and white, the statistics of 25 clean sheets in 52 appearances give an insight into Butland’s consistency over the course. Yet the snapshots are just as telling as the bigger picture. Many of Butland’s interventions become lost in the mists of time but their importance will be clear should Rangers go on to emerge victorious in a tight, tense finale to the term.

A quickfire double-stop to deny Luke McCowan and Amadou Bakayoko in the win over Dundee in November stands out, as does his successive blocks in the Europa League clash away to Benfica. When Clement’s side came from behind to beat Kilmarnock in February, the intervention of Butland – as he clawed away a Matty Kennedy strike – was a turning point. In the big moments, he is a big player that has delivered time after time.

“I have had seasons where I have been consistent across the whole thing,” Butland said after being named on the four-man shortlist for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award. “However, this season has probably been more pivotal and more important than many others. I have not really thought about it that way. It has just been enjoyable, I have loved every minute.

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"Yeah, just relishing the challenge and the pressure of it. Like I said, it is always nice to be voted by your fellow players and it means I have probably upset a few along the way. Hopefully I upset a few more until the end of the season. Listen, it has been great fun so far, I really appreciate the nomination and it is a tough class to be in. It is nice to be in that group.”

There is always a certain degree of risk attached to handing out individual awards while matches have still to be played. Voting for the PFA prizes, for example, takes place several weeks before the shortlists are announced and long before the final whistle in the campaign. As supporters pointed out on Sunday, Rangers presented James Tavernier with the Sam English Bowl for top scorer on the day that Cyriel Dessers moved another goal closer to potentially overtaking him in the charts.

In that regard, the award presented by the Scottish Football Writers Association is perhaps the most indicative of the form and fortunes of those who merit consideration. Voting for members does not close until next weekend but even that much later deadline comes with caveats given that Clement could end the campaign with one medal or three and that Butland – the most likely winner from Ibrox – has the opportunity to finish a dream debut term with a place in the folklore of the game.

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Butland has not been short of plaudits in recent months. He had big gloves to fill following Allan McGregor’s retirement but the fact that the Ibrox legend has barely been mentioned by supporters this term says it all about how Butland has performed. He arrived in Glasgow with a well established reputation and has gone on to bolster it on a weekly basis, even if the international recognition that he merited didn’t arrive last month. The backing of his Premiership peers has, and it is thoroughly deserved.

“It didn’t cross my mind, it wasn’t something that I was looking for or looking to achieve,” Butland said as he joined captain James Tavernier, Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley and Lawrence Shankland, the Hearts striker and top Premiership scorer, on the shortlist. “This whole experience for me has been about playing and showcasing what I can do. I like to think I have done that fairly consistently so far. I guess with that has come some recognition from your fellow players and your peers, which is always nice to have. It is a great place to be and I am very grateful.”

If Rangers do go on and lift the Premiership title, and then add the Scottish Cup to the roll of honour, the part that Butland will have played cannot be underestimated. An experienced, authoritative voice in the dressing room, the Englishman has been a cool, confident presence between the sticks. The point-blank saves make up the highlight reel, but the manner in which he has commanded his area has been a noticeable upgrade on McGregor.

The support have taken him to their hearts. Choruses of ‘Super Jack Butland in goal’ have been commonplace throughout a season where the keeper has shown he has the ability and the mentality to be a success at Ibrox. He ‘gets it’ at Rangers. It is a club where winning is all that matters and only those who buy into that and thrive off that truly become heralded in their own right.

“It would probably be up there with the biggest achievement of my career,” Butland said. “It is something I am excited for, excited about. But we are going to take each game as it comes, one game at a time. We have put ourselves in a position to be successful but that is all it is. It is an opportunity so I am looking forward to seeing what happens.”

The summer will see Butland linked with a return to England. Potential suitors will line up and some will no doubt test the resolve of the Rangers board. Butland’s Ibrox career could be short but very sweet. He could be a one-hit wonder in some regards. He still has more reasons to give the Rangers support plenty to sing about.