On Saturday, real football is back as Dundee United visit Ibrox for the first time in a long time. It’s a truly fascinating fixture and Ibrox Noise brings you some of the subplots from a match which symbolises a tonne of things.
1: It’s the first visit by the Arabs to Ibrox since they tonked us in the cup in 2014. Them’s were dark days, and Ally’s Rangers was pretty abysmal.
2: Rangers haven’t actually beaten Utd at all since early 2012. That’s right, 8 years since we won against them. And before you allege we haven’t played them since, actually we have twice. And got horsed in both of them too.
3: It’s the return home of one of our own in Nicky Clark. Sandy’s lad had a mixed time at Ibrox – too much expectation on a League One striker, and fans expected him to handle the weight of the shirt at Ibrox as well as he had at QotS. He did ok, but like so many around him, the times were tough for us all. He’s had a good time at Utd though, 24 goals in 64 Championship appearances. 10 assists.
4: Long-term target Lawrence Shankland might, MIGHT be fit for this one. Probably not though, and injury blight has ruled him out a chunk of games for the Tannadice side. A shame, he’d have loved to make this one, and make another appearance at Ibrox (he’s made five for various teams) against the side he supports.
5: There remains a bitter feud between these clubs. After the boycott piffle of years ago, and the toxic influence of former Utd chairman Stephen Thompson, there’s definitely bad blood and Dundee United are not and likely never will be on Rangers’ Xmas card list.
That’s not all of them, there’s one more major one but it needs its own spotlight.
But yes, that’s just some of the major subplots in this weekend’s first meeting between these sides in 6 years.
And the sooner we get back to the domestic game the better.