Big change is coming to SPL – is Stevie G ready?

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Rangers FC's head coach Steven Gerrard gives a press conference on the eve of their match against Belgian club Standard de Liege on the first day of the group phase (group D) of the UEFA Europa League football competition, in Liege on October 21, 2020. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belga / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe rangers groups should get together and discuss a way of getting into fans to allow them to play, like instead of berating the mistake clap for the idea, I’m not talking never moan, obviously if we’re rotten, I think you get what I mean, or am i mental lol!

  2. I don’t think we need to worry about fans this season, nobody will be allowed in before it ends. If the numbers decrease then they will use the Euro games as test event’s and, if successful, a phased return of fans for next season. In my opinion you will be lucky to see +70% of stadiums full by the first half of 2022, this vaccine is not a saviour so don’t paint it as one.

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