After Saturday’s monumental result at Ibrox, one can only conclude that had the game been played just a week earlier, the name “McGregor” might well have been added to the Queen’s new year’s honours list…twice even. We jest of course, but whilst beating a resurgent Celtic with arguably our worst performance of the season to open up a NINETEEN-point gap was huge, it’s all eyes on Pittodrie now for what could be the match that defines our season, and here’s why…
Historically, it’s always been our trickiest fixture and it’s no exaggeration to say that nobody seems to try harder to stop the blue bandwagon than Aberdeen. Immediately springing to mind is the dire 2-2 draw on a cold December midweek night in 2019, followed quickly by a frustrating 0-0 at Ibrox.
On the other hand, having got the job done up there on day one, we made light work of them back in November too, 4-0 going on 14-0. However they’re unbeaten in 7 matches since, and you can bet your last MyGers point that they’ll be extra fired up for this one.
The reason it’s so important though is to break a series of patterns. First and foremost, it’s the pattern of coming back off a big new year’s old firm win and slipping up early doors. Next, it’s to put an end to any sort of fear factor we have of going up there, another good display and most importantly achieving 6 points out of 6 from Pittodrie (9/9 against an in-form Aberdeen) should put that one to bed. Finally, it’s also important that we get back to our absolute free-flowing best and produce the kind of performance that we got pre-cup exit and for a while in Perth last month.
The thought of Lennon, Brown and co returning off their jollies in Dubai, sitting there, after-sun running out quicker than their title hopes, watching us ran rampant against Aberdeen and opening up a 22-point gap as their last remaining ounces of hope ebb away amid the earth shattering realisation – Rangers aren’t going to bottle anything this season and 55 is on its way.
Compare that with the image of us slipping up and them finding a last-minute winner against Hibs on Monday, all of a sudden, it goes from a 22-point mountain, to a 7-point lifeline for them.
So, you see, our trip to Aberdeen this Sunday, could literally be the biggest game we’ve played in the last 10 years. With Roofe, Arfield and Jack all sidelined, we’re looking at the likes of Hagi, Morelos and Aribo so step in and step up, and I think that’s exactly what they (and everyone else) will do.
Over to you lads, do us proud.