Thursday, 5 April 2018

Where will Rangers finish this season?



Where will Rangers finish this season? Up till three weeks ago there were flirtations of actually making a title fist. However, with the downturn in fortunes since, re-evaluation of those goals has become stark and indeed in concert with Hibs’ form, Kilmarnock’s, and Aberdeen’s restoration of their second top slot, Rangers fans have started to really worry about the split.

With Dundee buoyant following their point at Parkhead, another scalp for Neil McCann’s men is quite possible on Saturday and that would be deadly for Rangers going into the five hardest matches of the season.

Some fans even have some small fear that fifth place this season is becoming worryingly possible; Aberdeen have their tails up and will be tough to catch, even if we miraculously beat them, while we would already write off Celtic, Hibs and Killie in terms of picking up a single point.

Hearts is the only post-split match we have any belief in getting something from, given their form of late is quite poor, and that means in a worst case scenario Rangers may only get three points of a possible 15.

And if Dundee are on their game they could well shock Ibrox too, giving us, possibly, four points (or less) of 18.

Meanwhile Hibs are a certainty now to surpass Rangers and take third, while Aberdeen are unlikely to falter and lose their second place.

Which leaves Killie. They are a fair way behind us, but they will pick up a lot of points – while it is remote that they could actually win every split match, their form forces the possibility.

If that insane ending should happen, and even if it doesn’t, Rangers could actually finish this season the worst position (fourth or worse) since that horrific 5th in ’86.

Quite simply, Rangers are in the worst pickle they’ve been in 32 years, and based on current form are back in the early 80s where third, fourth and fifth place finishes were common. But of course back then we had a much better squad – Cooper, Russell, MacDonald, Johnstone, Parlane, Jardine et al.

Now our squad, while not horrific, simply doesn’t have that quality. And a worryingly low finish is quite possible.

18 comments:

  1. We'll still be there or there about.

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  2. No chance we will finish second,so much negativity in that piece unbelievable.

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  3. 4th! Now before anyone questions my loyalty, i did beleive we could run them close for top spot. we have now suceeded in letting the sheep and hivs aff the hook.selik drap mere points and we cannae capitilise.

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  4. Calm yourself down Ibrox noise teams be cutting each other’s throats as well think we still be good for at least third place now Dorrans an especially McCrorie back to help an abysmal back line

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  5. What a defeatest attitude you have ibrox noise.Tell me something my friend.How are hibs a certainty,as you put it,to finish 3rd,and aberdeen you say won't surrender 2nd position??If rangers return to form then rangers have every chance,to finish 2nd in the league!With your attitude rangers would be as well giving up the fight for 2nd & 3rd and hope we can fight kilmarnock for 4th position,NOT!Still very much all to fight and play for,well i certainly think so anyway.

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  6. nothing like a bit of doom and gloom to cheer us all up!

    just to add to that then. If Rangers finish 4th and Motherwell reach the Scottish Cup Final the Gers are our of Europe!

    Simply put that cannot happen and the players and 'manager' need to be fully made aware of what they're playing for here.

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  7. Who is the Doom and Gloom author of this post. At present we are the 2nd best team in the league. The players need to believe this and stop this crap run ....

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  8. Well, now is the time for Murty to show what he has learned from our recent defeats. Pump Dundee, get through to a final, confidence soaring and secure second place. Well thats what I'm looking for anyway. No to Pardew before anybody starts.

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  9. And I forgot to say - 2nd!!!

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  10. Rangers will finish 2nd in the league - no doubt at all. Not sure about the Cup - anything can happen in a Final!

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  11. Live down south now so only get to few games a season. I have noticed a bit of a toxic atmosphere a few times it's as if we don't realise where we've been and what they all tried to do to us. If we all stick together and actually support our team then 2nd no doubt. If we continue hounding our own players then 4th is a real possibility. I realise it's hard watching and it's not the rangers we recognise yet but we will have our finest hour If we can stick it out. Just imagine it๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  12. That’s probably the most negative article I have read on IN and I would also suggest wholly unrealistic (4points from 18 - really?)

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  13. Anybody who thinks we will be second is living in denial.

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  14. 4th is the most realistic position. Sheep and fibs have the bottle for a fight, we dont!! Simple as that.

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  15. Cheer Up FFS.
    2nd and win the cup.
    That's the challenge let's just see.
    Doom and gloomy today IN!!

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    1. Robbie, the last prediction you made was the Rangers V Motherwell league cup semi final, you shot me down being down beat and said Rangers would beat Motherwell 5-0, we got pumped 2-0! I was right then, and I will be right again!
      I admire your positivity mate, but you really do need a good dose of reality on how crap we are. The problem is, our team is not up for the fight, bunch of spoiled namby pamby, overpaid average bottlers who cannot bear the weight of the famous blue jersey.
      I would be delighted to get second and the cup, but that's just fantasy thinking. I go to Ibrox tomorrow with the same reservations and can only hope we get the 3 points, but I'm not confident! On paper we should pump Dundee, but our home record says different!

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    2. Jimbo.
      We will win handsomely today mate.
      I know we're not there yet.
      But.
      Dorrans in for Windass with McCorie & Docherty in to protect our defence, if he plays that formation from now till the end of the season we will be fine.
      Jimbo be positive mate, next Sunday could be a massive massive boost.

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