It’s hard to know where to begin with the wreckage of that performance, of that nightmare result.
First off, we applaud Hearts – they showed up, they wanted it, and they played really, really well to deserve the win. They did everything Rangers didn’t.
What we will say is this has been coming, and regular readers of Ibrox Noise know we’ve been tubthumbing this point for the past month – while December had been stellar, the overall quality of the squad simply wasn’t up to it, and unequivocally our performances this month, so far, had been absolutely inept.
We had the usual blind ones attacking us, giving us the lines about how our concerns about what this club did on the winter break were just garbage, that we were a ‘fake Rangers page’ (we loved that one) and how it was all because Stranraer and St Mirren ‘sat in’.
We warned all we had to do was come up against a better side and we’d be in trouble.
Today we came up against a better side, and not even one who sat in, and we played our worst 90 minutes under Steven Gerrard.
The manager, who has done so much right since he arrived, is finding his achilles heels right now hurting him, and they came home to roost at Tynecastle.
Having blind loyalty to his favourite players.
Persisting with rotten loan players.
Not signing a decent striker
Dropping in-form players no matter how well they play.
This, Steven, is a wake the f*ck up call to you – you’re on the verge of being a legendary Rangers manager, getting so much right – but those little failings, those demons who ignore some players in favour of Jon Flanagan or Glen sodding Kamara, are threatening to derail you.
This calendar year has been horrible on a gigantic level, some disgusting football and truly abject play. And at Tynecastle we saw the epitome of all that is wrong right now – a truly woeful performance with not a single pass mark, except, strangely, maybe, to Goldson and Polster.
Stevie, it’s time to grow as a manager, and show willing to change when players don’t perform.
Your blindness to favourites could cost Rangers the title.