There’s an inescapable question which lingers on the lips not just of Rangers fans, but of football fans:
With an end now to this madness in sight, and a vaccine found, there will be a tangible period inside the next potential six months where society will slowly creak its way back to normality and, shock horror, football fans will be allowed back in stadiums.
After the scientific breakthrough of days ago (surprisingly underreported by media outlets more interested in doom and gloom) it’s now inevitable an end to this crazy and depressing period of our lives is imminent, but it does ask a big question:
Just how will football teams now cope with fans in front of them?
Of course, our focus is on Rangers, and our team has been magnificent in the absence of supporters.
We’re not saying the two are related, because at the same time Celtic have been awful this season without fans, which may or may not be related as well, but whatever the ifs buts and maybes, the harsh reality is all footballers have gotten used to empty stadiums.
And this then forces the question of how Rangers will handle the pressure again when fans return to Ibrox.
It could well happen before the end of this season, or it may be held off till next campaign, but either way, our players, doing so well at the moment, will have the actual shock factor at some point of playing in front of supporters.
And we are so so curious how this wonderful form without them will translate to with.
Will our players seamlessly adapt to having fans again, or will the pressure of our support berating players for mistakes get to them?
It’s an intriguing thought.
But of course it’s an even playing field – all players are adapting to the same surreal (albeit depressingly normal these days) circumstances so it’s not Rangers getting an ‘advantage’ over anyone else.
But it is curious nonetheless.