“Only the football Gods know” – as Rangers look for 55

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on after the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
It's a surprise but it's also not.... (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Give or take the SPL is a quarter of the way through the season, and while it’s too early to make judgements, Rangers fans can consider themselves very content with how the campaign has gone.

Yes, there’s been four lost points, to Hibs and Livi, but you don’t win or lose the title based on these results, you win or lose based on all results.

It sounds ludicrously obvious to say it, but the reality is the league isn’t won or lost on Celtic matches, or even those against Hibs or Aberdeen – it’s won over the course of all matches played.

What we do with individual matches is try to use them as a barometer of progress – how did we do against Aberdeen, Hibs and other sides – compared with how we previously did.

And we beat Aberdeen easily while losing a poor two points at Easter Road.

But given we’ve played 9 and won 7, that’s not a bad haul at all.

In short, Rangers are in a good place – injuries aren’t perfect, but we’ve got momentum, we bounced back beautifully from the blip in Edinburgh, and the new system has been working a treat this season.

Results have been strong, and Rangers, while having played one game more than Celtic, are deservedly above them in the table.

This is the best Rangers team in Europe easily since Manchester, maybe even including that side, and it’s the best SPL one we’ve had since we won the title, by an absolute mile.

It’s chock a block full of high quality internationals, with one or two who approach world class territory, and the manager has a Midas touch over continental football, while he seems to be learning the SPL game aggressively this season.

We’re far closer to 55 than we’ve been since we won our third title in a row in 2011, and we now have a squad and a XI capable of actually doing it.

Whether they will or not only the football Gods know, but they can.

And that excites us greatly.

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  1. I have to disagree with you. The points lost to Hibs and in particular to Livingston is exactly where the league will be lost. We should’ve won both these games comfortably but our inability to finish teams off came back to bite us. It nearly happened again today against Ross County.

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