This weekend is literally the turning point of the season. It’s the pivotal moment.
Celtic have a little spot of momentum, 3 unbeaten in a row including two wins, while Rangers’ form lately has just gone slightly patchy, culminating in Wednesday’s painful loss in Paisley.
On Saturday Rangers welcome high-flying Motherwell to Ibrox, with a win absolutely, unequivocally, and 100% critical. Anything less and should Celtic go onto win the cup on Sunday, there will be a momentum swing.
This is why Rangers, for the first time this season since this wonderful run started, have a spot of pressure on them.
Wednesday’s result and display were horrific. No one is sugar coating that. But Saturday is to be a huge statement – a statement of Rangers’ ‘bouncebackability’.
We’ve responded to bad results this season already – Livi, Hibs, even the Benfica draws. But Wednesday was the first loss and this squad and this manager have to show their character to dismantle Motherwell, and make a statement to Celtic that even if they win the cup, it doesn’t matter and normal service has resumed.
We are all still reeling from flunking in the cup – it was bad, very bad.
But this weekend could give that wavering momentum right back to us, and it only takes beating Stephen Robinson’s side to do it.
And if Hearts were then to win on Sunday?
All is well with the world…