While every side has fallen this season to Rangers, nevertheless it would be complacency to show sides no respect.
That mistake was poorly made in the cup, when manager Steven Gerrard put out a disrespectful fringe side, and that fringe side themselves felt they only had to show up to win.
We’ve learned a lot since then, and showing opponents full focus and respect, and keeping our eyes firmly on the ball and prize, and with that in mind, the significantly reinvigorated Ross County come into view today.
They’ve had a bit of a new lease of life since one of the game’s good guys, Yogi Hughes, took over in December.
Wins at Easter Road and v Aberdeen give some idea of how they’re slowly turning things around, and Rangers are not expected to have it easy today.
You don’t beat Aberdeen 4-1 if you can’t play a bit, and County have gone from losing every match to managing two admittedly amazing wins v Jack Ross’ side and McInnes lot in the last four matches.
Meanwhile Rangers’ own form is a little teeny bit sketchy. Tripping up on only our third draw of the season at Fir Park last weekend has taught us a lot about complacency too, and that even a seeming formality like Motherwell is anything but, and while our form prior has been enough to win matches, it hasn’t quite sparkled in recent weeks.
Rangers hopefully welcome back both Kemar Roofe and the equally badly missed Ryan Jack, and the presence of both players, if indeed they do feature, should give the side such a huge boost.
Roofe for his brilliant running, hard work and pace up front, Jack for his graft, reading and defensive intuition in the middle of the park.
But it will only be as easy as we make it, as easy as Ross County allow it to be. They will be out for blood – a Celtic minded manager (even if he is a truly good egg as a person) and a good run on their part plus the chance to take another massive scalp will major incentive for Hughes’ side.
Rangers must show up otherwise a horrible afternoon will be on the cards.
Rangers fans expect.