Tomorrow’s visit of Aberdeen is ‘the biggest test of the season’, as just about every match is these days, but there’s something a bit different about this one.
While Rangers convincingly put Derek McInness’ men away on the opening day, that Dons side had no striker and Rangers were even then only able to stick away one goal. The performance was the convincing part, Rangers were very much in control of the whole match, but the result could have been a lot more flattering.
Tomorrow a bang-in-form Aberdeen comes to Ibrox on a run of having not lost in the Premiership since the 20th of September.
Results in other competitions aren’t relevant here, this is the league Aberdeen and that one is just three points behind Celtic, having played the same number of matches.
So yes, the Pittodrie side are in a chunk of form and probably won’t be pushovers.
However, against them they have a cluster of first-team fodder unavailable through injury and their best player overall, Ross McCrorie, is ineligible up against his parent side.
However, the reality is Rangers’ form has been astounding the past two months and if all is pure and holy Steven Gerrard’s men really should put Aberdeen away with something to spare.
In terms of our own injury issues – there are doubts about Borna Barisic, Leon Balogun and Steven Davis, while Niko Katic is still to return, but overall, Rangers will be strongly equipped with a fine XI whoever lines up and really should bring the points home.
But complacency is the root of all football evil and we’d expect 110% effort from our men to ensure success.