Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The most important match in Scotland for decades


It does not seem to be too melodramatic to describe Rangers’ playoff final with Motherwell as the most important match for decades in domestic Scottish football.

Many will argue with this on the surface, but deep down everyone in Scotland is either a Motherwell fan, or a Rangers fan, for this tie.

Truth is, Rangers’ journey from the bottom of Scottish football to the very brink of returning to their rightful place has set tongues wagging, not just north of the border, but globally too.

Rangers’ fall from grace has been one of the most documented and dramatic tales in football history, and the Club’s rise back to where they belong has been viewed with feverish interest wherever you reside.

The facts are thus:

Rangers ache to be back in the SPL; our fans, the players, the company, the entire institution and everyone connected to Rangers want nothing more than an end to this unfair exile from the SPL.

On the other hand, everyone else appears to be want Motherwell to prevail; that nothing fills them with more ‘disgust’ than the idea of Rangers returning to the top flight. There are even Celtic fans on Twitter proudly changing their bios to ‘temporary Motherwell fan’, while others from Parkhead have been attending these playoffs either as the home fans at Palmerston (yes, we saw you), or easily hidden among the Hibees.

So it is no overstatement to describe this playoff final as the biggest match, domestically, in Scottish football for decades.

Half of Scotland supports Motherwell, half Rangers; while most of the rest of the world, outwith Celtic fans, sides with the Ibrox men.

The amount of hate, passion, pressure, anticipation, and general fervour around these two matches is unprecedented in Scottish football; mainly because the situation is.

This is not to say that no one who does not support Rangers does not want Rangers back in the SPL – there are still reasonable supporters of other clubs who truly do miss Rangers.

I spoke recently to a Motherwell supporter (who will remain nameless) who admitted the SPL has gone downhill since Rangers’ fate in 2012, while he personally missed the men from Govan. I suspect such views are more widely-held than some might believe, but the hate for Rangers among more vocal individuals definitely lends weight to the notion the mass-view is one of the loathing I described in my last entry.

But publicly; this playoff is literally Rangers versus the rest of Scottish football.

And it is about time Rangers were back where they belong.

7 comments:

  1. This is what we have been waiting for ever since we first kicked a ball in the third division. We're not out of the woods yet by a long shot,,, so keep the feet on the ground guys,, i hope the players give it one final push,,give it their everything,,come on lads,it time to produce your finest master piece,,

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  2. HOPE YOU GET THROUGH, LETS GET THE OLD FIRM GAMES ON AGAIN AND HOPEFULLY GET THE OLD BANTER BACK MINUS THE GARBAGE BOTH SETS OFF FANS SPOUT SOMETIMES,IM A GENUINE CELTIC FAN WHO JUST LIKES THE GAME NOT THE SHIT THAT COMES WITH IT.

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  3. What an unexpected journey we have been on,Rangers fans. From all over the world we have faced the desolation of Smaug,fought the verbal battles of five armies,listened to the evil bile from the fellowship of the ring, and their pay masters who hide behind the two towers of Hampden! Lets hope that the return of the king can bring an end to this evil darkness that has been lurking .....

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  4. Guess it is natural to worry, would not be normal otherwise, just have a bad feeling that we will not prevail over the 2 legs, then what, I shudder to think, as my gut remains that King is not our saviour as many appear to believe J

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  5. Wouldn't describe it as the biggest game for decades. Not quite sure why or which other game it's compared to. Fanciful to think of it on these terms.
    What I do know and the only thing I care about is a victory in the tie for the Gers and back to square 1 for the club and the new King regime. No more no less. Let's not get carried away. These players have let us down badly in the past and are capable of it again.

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  6. This is what we have been waiting for ever since stoneage man first thought about kicking that round looking stone between those two firepits, and then doing a little celebratory dance past the mammoth carcass.

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  7. "unfair exile"?

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