Ibrox Noise regular Davy sent us a message recently, and we have to admit it slipped our memory a little – so this piece is inspired by and dedicated to him.
And his point was bang on.
As our readers will know, following two winter breaks of around three weeks, Rangers have come back two years in a row a shadow of their pre-christmas selves.
The form was gone, the results fell, and morale hit the floor.
When the international break came up two weeks ago, we were in similar form – flying high, and a break coming at the absolute worst time.
Could we swing momentum this time and keep the run going after the extended absence?
Hell yes, and then some.
For the first time under Steven Gerrard, a long break of a fortnight or more has seen a resumption after the absence which simply picked up where it left off.
And by full time on Saturday, a thumping of United confirmed the team was no worse the wear for the break.
We were very concerned the side would return flat, would dip, would lose its momentum. Remember that horror show v Stranraer? Sure, we won, but we were dreadful, and it didn’t improve much v St Mirren where we grafted to a 1-0 win.
But v United? We strolled it, and we did so without a full squad at our manager’s disposal.
True, the REAL test comes this new year, and our January performances after the turn of the bells, but this, as a dress rehearsal, was very pleasing indeed, and suggests this squad and this manager are in it for the duration.