Thursday, 14 May 2015

The 67-year record on the line for Rangers



The date of 28th of February 1948 probably does not stick out in the minds of many Rangers fans, but those of a certain vintage may just recall from the annals of distant time a league visit to post-war Govan by Queen of the South.

The Doonhamers managed to overcome the home side by a score of 2-3, with Rangers’ Gillick and Thornton getting the goals but it not being enough to get all two points (as it was back in those days).

Queen of the South have not won in normal time at Ibrox since then, with their only victory ever since coming in the Ramsden’s Cup in 2012 thanks to a 2-2 draw then victory on penalties.

So in order to get to the semi finals of the playoffs, Queens must do what they have not managed for 67 years; beat Rangers at Ibrox in normal time.

This is why history favours Rangers, but why there is added pressure. A colossal amount rests on making it to the SPL, with potentially (hopefully) six matches of football deciding Rangers’ fate, and that superb record v Queens of the lion’s share of a century does show what the visitors will have to overcome themselves.

A draw will be enough for the home side, but it is easily the biggest match in Stuart McCall’s managerial career. The biggest side he has ever taken charge of, and the critical nature of promotion puts astounding weight on his shoulders, but he can look at that record and use it to inspire the players, and to put just the right amount of pressure by showing what they have to maintain.

67 years is a long time in football, and it shows why the odds favour Rangers.

But McCall’s men cannot take anything for granted.

2 comments:

  1. I'm fed up with blogs, fans and Rangers players talking about whats happened in previous games. It has absolutely no bearing on the game this sunday whatsoever. On paper, we should be pumping this team on Sunday, but Rangers this season have been totally inconsistant both home and away. Some of the Rangers players and Stuart McCall have been promoting for fans to give a full house and give the team an almighty roar,,my warning to the Rangers players and management,, GIVE US SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT!!!!! Its your job to entertain us, not vice versa,, because anything less than victory will break our hearts and you will hear the boos accordingly,,, so do your talking on the park,,not in the papers!!!

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  2. Couldn't put it better myself. Personally I'm hoping rather than expecting to win the play offs. Even having to say that is a verdict on our previous " manager" With the amount of money he has spunked up the wall we should have pissed this league.

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