Sunday, 21 April 2019

"2 out of 12?" Never be good enough for Steven Gerrard



There is no doubt yesterday’s dispatch of Hearts continued Rangers’ recent excellent form both league-wise and against the Gorgie men, but the ‘easy’ stuff is now over and Rangers’ record this season against the four remaining sides we’ll play to try and secure second is, in a word, abject.

Rangers have failed to win against either Kilmarnock or Hibs this season in the league even once, and have only once put Aberdeen away. Obviously, we secured a wonderful win over Celtic but we lost the other two.

So, against the sides we now must beat to guarantee finishing runners up, this season Rangers have amassed two wins in 12 attempts SPL-wise.

To call this record shocking doesn’t do it justice, and it’s completely unforgivable as well.

It’s all very well saying we don’t have the money Celtic do, but Aberdeen, Killie and Hibs don’t have even a 20th of the cash we do. And yet our results against these three sides this season have been apoplectic.

We’re not trying to be misery guts, we have really enjoyed the recent run of good performances and results, and we’re not deliberately seeking negativity.

It’s just the reality that the four matches left this season are against the four sides we more or less can’t beat.

It falls firmly, in this case, on the shoulders of our manager – we can absolutely excuse him when it comes to Celtic – his budget is way less and where Celtic have Edouard for £9M we have 1.5M Daniel Candeias. It’s not an even playing field.

But similarly neither do the sides below us to us, and yet their results against us this season have been depressingly good.

Gerrard has done a great job of making April a much better month than March was so far, but the real test now lies ahead. He has to quite simply win pretty much all of Rangers’ split fixtures to assure second place or manage strategic draws where needed – and given how effective Killie, Hibs and Aberdeen have been against us this season, we are not assuming nothing, not even given our improved recent performances and results.

The real test for this new system, personnel and form comes over the next few weeks.

Let’s hope lessons have been learned from the failures of the past and Stevie and his side can get a good reward over the final fixtures.

8 comments:

  1. Agree we need to beat all of them handsomely and with style . This should be the catalyst for next season . Especially as we should done it earlier. I hope SG will accept nothing less . Yesterday's game was very good against a Hearts team that have lost their way . Levin will be moved upstairs again next season ...after he wins the Scottish Cup lol

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  2. Considering we are 8 points clear with 12 to play for, no we don't need to win them all. 1 win and a draw would be enough considering our far superior goal difference. Or 1 win against Aberdeen. Our record against these sides is appalling but we outplayed his every game we played them. Aberdeen and killie are the ones that stick in my craw the most as Gerrard hasn't learned that his style of play doesn't work against them and that he needs to change. Still confident of getting 2nd though.

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  3. you know why of course. Morelos! to much emphasis and reliance on the boy. its high time Stevie switched things around and we are reaping the benefits. long may it continue. Nice also to see big Katic back yes he'll make mistakes we all do but he is a much better player than worrall ever was.

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  4. Ok, why do we keep talking about "we have no money", Ibrox Noise you were rolling in the cash when we were going through European games, where's that money gone? We haven't bought any players, sell Morellos there's more money and the season tickets have gone up although money not readily available. I keep wondering why people say we are spending money we don't have, well to me we are not. This is Steven Gerrards first season as a novice manager probably in a league he's only heard of before. Sure I'm sick of losing points to the sheep and killie (i have an healthy dislike of them now". Dropping points to the aforementioned is quite unforgivable and letting smellic get away after the new year was bitterly disappointing but its Stevies first year, the pressure is off and i have thoroughly enjoyed these last few games Rangers have played. Gerrards first season and if he wins the last four, he's learning. Bye the way, if he loses any of the last four things for me might be different.

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  5. You can't deny the facts that our record against the remaining 4 teams in the league is poor. But wait a minute. Wins against Aberdeen and Hibs will give us a better head to head record while wins against Ceptic and Kilmarnock will give us a 50/50 head to head record. Wins against all 4 will mean that NO team in the league has a better head to head record against us. Stats are a funny thing.

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    1. Hit the nail on the head. Assess it when the season finishes. Our problem is killing the teams off. We should have took 6 points at Easter Road as we dominated them for 90 mins and 70 mins. The draw at Pittodrie was minutes away from a win. Fine margins.

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  6. It's the so called easy games both home and away that has cost us the points during the season. These are our bread and butter games to win the league, not just beating Celtic. We have the second biggest budget in Scotland, therefore we should be humping those teams, and if we did win all our games other than celtic, we would have been top at this moment in time. Inconsistency has been our enemy since we came to the SPFL, and now Celtic are in line for 9IAR, We really need that consistency next season to get the title back home where it belongs!

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  7. Give Stevie G a Chance
    He's still finding his feet as a manager

    Yes we have been Terrible but how many realistically expected us to win the title this season?

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