Thursday, 29 September 2016

Old Firm League Cup victory can kick-start Rangers' season

Let’s not beat around the bush; Rangers have been disappointing so far this season. Naively, most Scottish football fans expected the Gers to go toe-to-toe with arch rivals Celtic at the top of the division in their first season back in the top flight but it hasn’t exactly panned out that way after a difficult start to life in the Scottish Premiership.

However, there is still plenty of time for Mark Warburton’s men to turn their form around as they look to build a title-winning side in the coming years. Who knows, a victory against Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals could go a long way – and a derby day success would certainly go down well with the fans after their recent 5-1 defeat.

Being honest, the League Cup wouldn’t have been Rangers’ number one priority at the start of the campaign but silverware is silverware at the end of the day. Furthermore, the chance to get one over on their closest rivals is almost too good to turn down; and that is why the Gers should harness all of their energy on that fixture.

It will take a major meltdown for Rangers to pip Celtic to the Premiership title now but a cup success would hinder Brendan Rodgers’ plans of winning the treble in his first season at the club. At the time of writing, Warburton’s side are priced at 10/3 in the latest online betting odds at and plenty of Gers fans will fancy an upset in the semi-finals.

On paper, Rangers stand a decent chance of advancing to the final – confidence is a huge factor in how the rest of the season will pan out. If Warburton can get his players believing again, Rangers could surprise us all and challenge for silverware in both cup competitions; AND they could still pip Aberdeen to second in the Scottish Premiership.

Whilst Warburton’s men should be aspiring to achieve much more than second-place, a cup success and a runner-up spot would more than suffice for their first season back in the top flight. Remember; this is a long-term project. Fans shouldn’t lose hope because of a rough run of results in September...

Fine margins may be going against Rangers at the moment but their luck will change for the better at some point. Without a doubt, Mark Warburton is a man under pressure but fans should keep faith. After all, a victory over Celtic in October could completely transform the mood at Ibrox...

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