There’s no denying it, yesterday was a massive statement in the SPL by Rangers and for Celtic.
After the struggling Parkhead jokers (or is that chokers) dropped more points, this time to Aberdeen, Rangers strolled out solid winners at Ibrox v a potentially plucky Livi who ended up being a formality.
The pressure was on Rangers not to choke, not to miss out on the first chance to be clear in the table on pure merit, and there’s no denying they took it.
Celtic are in a pickle, and frankly they’ve had this coming. They’ve not won in three, lost two, and there’s God knows what going on with their star striker (unhappy, injured, who knows) and while we know the season has a long long way to go, Rangers are making major strides now and we must say we’ve had less and less smears on our social media channels from Celtic fans.
Usually so happy to come on and gloat or slander, they’ve as good as vanished in the past week, as Rangers have just kept winning.
Make no mistake, last weekend was seismic but this one was the real test.
Could Rangers continue the run, and then, after Celtic’s slip, could they exploit an increasing frailty in Parkhead armour?
Well yes, yes they could.
By right Rangers are now 6 points ahead, with Celtic having a game in hand, and that means Rangers now have 55 in their own hands.
Of course, we know there’s a tonne of distance left in this race yet, but we cannot remember an October where Celtic looked this frail, poor and vulnerable.
Of course, there’s dispensation – it wasn’t like Celtic slipped up v Hamilton and St Mirren – it was Rangers and Aberdeen. But the ‘Champions’ should be able to overcome all teams – that’s why they’re champions.
But no, as well as being gubbed by Italian giants Milan, they fell to us and were held by Aberdeen.
Things are a-changing in the SPL.