Monday, 24 September 2018

Celtic slip, Rangers rise; a sea change in the SPL


Most Rangers fans would have given their right arm to be ahead of Celtic after 6 matches. Because that would mean top of the table. Surely (!)

Most Rangers fans wouldn’t have wanted second place, because that would mean being behind Celtic. Again. Surely (!)

But here we are six fixtures into the new season and the landscape of Scottish football has had a very, very dramatic start.

Not only are Rangers ahead of Celtic, but they’re second place on goal difference, with the extraordinary Hearts being the only side in Scotland not to have lost this season and rightly topping the table on merit.

This scenario isn’t new to slightly older Bears – the phrase ‘Jambo from July’ will be familiar to many fans of a certain vintage, and we are seeing again a Hearts side clearly superior to the rest of the field at present once again soaring the solo heights of the SPL.

Meanwhile, Rangers sit fairly contentedly in second – it’s not the best start we could have had, but three wins of 6 and just one loss is adequate at this point, and in time we imagine that winning consistency getting better.

But then there’s our eastern cousins. Languishing down in sixth place, it’s their worst start in two decades, just weeks after Chris Sutton proudly told the world it was Rangers’ worst start since 1989.

Somehow Celtic do an Aberdeen against Rangers, and raise their game, because quite frankly  they’re garbage – Kilmarnock and Hearts have both deservedly taken all three points, and by the Parkhead side’s normal standards their start this time around is apoplectic.

And yet makes the last Old Firm match so much more frustrating – had Stevie been a little braver and really gone for it, it would have been a much better contest and most likely a Rangers win.

But that’s for another day – Hearts sit embarrassingly far ahead in first, while just one point separates Rangers from 6th place and a seat alongside our green and white friends.

But equally, while Rangers’ start has not been exceptional, it’s been slow burningly improving. It is worth noting Rangers have lost just one match in 90 minutes this season – and of a total of 18 games (including friendlies) that’s some going. Seven draws is not that bad either, given four of them were crucial one legged efforts to progress on aggregate and another was a huge draw to Villarreal.

Our point? Celtic are looking exactly as vulnerable as they did before Deila got the chop. Hearts may or may not last. And Rangers are finally in a position to do something about all this.

Changed times in the SPL.

10 comments:

  1. Slowly slowly catchy monkey. As long as we're progressing, i'm happy. Some things are a mystery, like how we only start playing, when we go one nil down, sometimes. I'm just enjoying, lording it, over them lot.

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    1. Joe,

      Not sure how many times we have been one nil down. I am thinking only twice.

      But enjoying this soooooo much

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    2. Correct I think but either way that is not even a point. The only point that matters is we are really so much better and they are so much worse. Hunger and momentum are massive in football and we got both πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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  2. Also. We continue to be the highest scorers in the league with 15 goals in 6 games. In comparison they have 6 in 6. I bet they're glad they spanked £9m on one striker now.

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  3. Sir Gerrard has got it all under control,we'll be at the top very soon and brenda will be out a jobπŸ•Ί

    Cant wait for them to come to ibrox we are now ready for themπŸ’ͺ

    WATP LETS GO πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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  4. Two weeks time we can burst hearts bubble and then we can carry on

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  5. All the more frustrating to have lost those 2 last minute goals, could potentially be 5 in front and i behind the better half of edinburgh. A defeat to st. johnstone followed by a drubbing in europa will signal calls for popcorn teeth haha! never mind they can always hiv private functions and raves wae the lights thrown in efter xmas tae compensate for brexit lol.

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  6. jist a pity the sheep lie doon as they gift that mob a points advandtage every season. even big butcher hid his teams fired up against (them) shame on wee del professional and emotional p .o.v.

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  7. Bubbles been bursting all over the place this week.

    £60M a year wage bill ...six fucking zero million sterling .....only just sustainable with Champs league money. Celts be lightyears from Sevco and in the CL every year anyway...

    They can’t buy players cos they’re not in the CL and the wage bill isnt sustainable. it must be reduced so where’s the war chest with £60M..70 ...£100M to keep the gap wide....12, 13,14 15 in a fucking row

    House of cards did you say Mr Chairman ??

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  8. 1. Hearts Lead at the top will not Last, They will run out of Steam, If it was going to last then they wouldn't have Drawn with Livingston also they dont have The Depth/Quality ...Wait til they get a couple of Injuries πŸ€”

    2. Everyone Forgets This, But three of our Games was
    Sheep Away, Tims Away and Well Away
    ...Not exactly Easy games.

    And just think if Gerrard Wins the League and puts his old Manager out of a Job in his First Full Season in Management (LPool Kids not counted) then He will never have to buy a Drink in Glasgow Again 😁πŸ’ͺπŸ†πŸ’™

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