Rangers welcome St Johnstone to Ibrox this weekend with more subplots than we can shake a stick at. Obviously as a Rangers match it qualifies as the ‘biggest match since sliced bread’ given each fixture for Steven Gerrard’s men takes on more importance than the previous one did, but this one stands out with an absolute boatload of mini-sagas worthy of mentions in upon themselves.
Not such a huge one, given he’s only a backup keeper at McDiarmid, but Bell’s promising career which alluded to so much back in his Killie days has crumpled into absolute mediocrity. His spell at Ibrox was truly awful and he’ll be defined by that lob at Fir Park. He may be called into action this weekend, you never know. He’ll probably be well-enough received. Honest keeper, just nowhere near good enough.
He’s been back a few times, for more than one team – Amy MacDonald’s mister (did you know they were together, the media kept that one secret (!)) never set the heather alight at Ibrox in his first spell, but did do us a turn returning in 2013 and while no Cafu was solid enough. One of those players who’s just ‘there’.
His first match against Rangers since leaving, Goss is coming to Govan with something to prove having been so ruthlessly dumped on by Graeme Murty. The scapegoat from March last year onwards, Goss had a style about him we liked a lot, but his career isn’t really going anywhere obvious and the QPR midfielder is ready to prove that he belongs in senior football. We’ll see how he does this weekend.
Will he get booed? Will he get much reaction at all? MOH’s time at Ibrox was a complete waste of everyone’s energy – he has some talent and pace, but his Celtic allegiances were always a problem and getting snapped at Parkhead in their end was a colossal faux pas. We wouldn’t even say he has much to prove because he’s impressed hugely in Perth both against Rangers and for them as our player against the rest of the SPL. Rangers should be utterly wary of the damage this lad might do on Saturday.
Rangers are on a pretty impressive run – the last (two) sides to hold us or better were ‘both’ Killie, and since that loss at Rugby Park Steven Gerrard’s men are unbeaten with only one draw in there.
Meanwhile Tommy Wright’s side are on a horrible slump, having not won since that same fateful day of Rangers’ painful loss v Steve Clarke’s outfit.
So, form wise, it’s Rangers’ match to lose, but with all the subplots, it’s anyone’s guess.