Thursday, 1 October 2015

Could Rangers win the title on Saturday?


It almost seems a tad beyond comical to discuss winning the Championship (of any league, tier or title) by the third of October, but the reality faces Rangers when Falkirk come to Ibrox on Saturday.

Some might call it ‘jinxing’, others may label it ‘knee-jerk’, but with the stats Rangers are building up in their favour, not to mention eight wins of eight with at least six excellent performances (Dumbarton was the only genuinely disappointing display – debatable which of St Mirren, Hibs or Livingston qualifies as the other, if any) along the way, it would frankly take a football collapse of Ally McCoist proportions (15 point lead, anyone?) for Rangers to lose their grip on the Scottish Championship title now, even after only 9 games.

The reality is that if Rangers beat Falkirk (and they should) they will amass a 12-point gap over the Bairns – that, with October barely out its nappies, will certainly eliminate Peter Houston’s men from title talk, not that they were ever really engaged in such discussion in the first place.

This leaves, realistically, Hibernian and St Mirren as Rangers’ only true rivals for the title. St Mirren have been, frankly, diabolical – and it slightly pains to say that such is the decency Ian Murray has shown towards Rangers and the fact that an honourable ex-Rangers player in Steven Thompson plies his trade in Paisley, along with the surprising addition to their ranks of the player Mark Warburton curiously dismissed in Calum Gallagher.

The point is, as an institution, it gives me no great joy to see Murray’s men so atrocious. So, realistically, they just are not in the title race unless there is an astonishing turnaround in their fortunes.

That really only leaves Hibs, and yours truly was left with egg on his face when regaling the championship credentials of Stubbs’ men only to witness them crumble to a pathetic draw against the aforementioned Buddies.

So, the reality is, victory against Falkirk on Saturday is a borderline title decider. 12 points with Rangers looking this strong and with no apparent serious rival in sight is a surely unassailable lead.

Even three days into October.

It may seem to be tempting fate, and perhaps it is, but the reality is there. Unless you have a halfwit for a manager and a group of players who literally stop playing after eight matches (neither charge Rangers are surely guilty of) Rangers will win the Championship title with a staggering amount of headroom.

It seems unthinkable that Warburton’s men could win every league match, but that very possibility stares them in the face. Hibs will probably be quite stubborn in the remaining three fixtures, but them aside, and one more gritty victory at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium as well, it is surely plain sailing to the title and the SPL.

But first things first – beat Falkirk and that is as good as the title brought home already. Even this ridiculously early.

11 comments:

  1. As the great man keeps saying 1 GAME AT A TIME

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  2. 15 points!!! - I think you've been hoodwinked by Lawwell's ministry of propaganda, who conveniently forget that they had two games in hand over us and that we sold Jelavic in the January window, and lost Naismith to injury two months previously.
    These two players accounted for 80% of our goals until then.
    Ally McCoist was not a great manager but we shouldn't be kicking our own needlessly.

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  3. Win the league on saturday you should stop smoking crack a think we'll win the league but u need a get a grip watp

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  4. Yes, this 15 points thing was always mythical.

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  5. while I agree that we will win the championship easily...I have to say that we should not celebrate until it is mathematical...there are no teams that will be able to catch a determined rangers...diverting from that...I would like to comment on the situation with LEE WALLACE and his continued ommission
    from the Scotland squad...there is no way that that little gingernut p-pe c-nt will ever select a true blue for his team...he selected mcgregor,naismith and whittaker...but only because they were traitors to the blue army... as far as ime concerned as long as the manky mob are in charge of Scotlands national team selection, I for one will promote(while trying not to be unpatriotic) that they stick there tartan army up there ar-e

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  6. You could say that if we go 12 points clear then no other team can win the league without a favour from other teams....if Hibs won every game that is left they couldn't catch Gers without at least one team doing them a favour.

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  7. I believe they had 2 games in hand and it only went to 15 points because we kicked of on a sat at 12:30 n won n they c**ts kicked off at 3pm n they won so it 15 point lead lasted a cple hours sowas like 3 games in hand really so it's a load of baws mccoist didnt throw away a full 15 point lead cos they had 9points to play for n as the guy above we lost all the goal out the team.so no all as black n white as the beggars try to make it.

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  8. Get a f***ing grip!! I've no doubt we will win the league and probably by a few points to spare but it's cr*p like this that gives "them" ammo to fire at us. It's only JUST turned in to October, we will drop points throughout the season and might even lose a game or two but onwards and upwards we go, without getting carried away.

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  9. has long as we keep ower feet on the ground and dont get a head of ower selfs we should win this league but a cup win would be good to

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