A dear friend of Ibrox Noise (you know who you are) has been preaching former chairman Dave King’s prophetic House of Cards line from 2018 like it’s going out of fashion, and we have to say, while our former chief did come out with an awful lot of hyperbole and bluster, this was one he was bang on with.
And something Ibrox Noise alluded to years ago as well.
We spun it a bit differently – that we were genuinely shocked Celtic hadn’t exploited our absence from the SPL for four years (effectively 6) by cementing their place at the top of Scottish football, and crucially, extending it.
That we were stunned they rested on their laurels like a lazy sloth, arrogantly assuming Rangers couldn’t ever come back, and failed miserably to invest serious money into their squad.
The example we always cited was PSG. When they came into Qatar cash and Monaco lost their way, and indeed status in the top flight, instead of sitting on the absence of their big money rivals, the Parisian giants pulled out an iron fist. They signed Neymar, they got bigger, stronger, and added arguably the world’s best striker in Mbappe to that. And now absolutely no one in France can touch them.
Failing to win just one league in the past 9, Les Parisiens have also stepped up in Europe, finally getting to a CL final.
They took their chance, their opening, and now they’re a goliath.
Sold Van Dijk, Tierney, Dembele, Armstrong, you name it – they sat on their thumbs, on that flimsy house of cards their club built itself around, and assumed nothing would touch them.
They took the p*ss out of their fans, didn’t bother to reinvest or grow, and when they lost the best manager they’d had since MON in Brendan Rodgers, they replaced him with Neil flipping Lennon.
And so here we are. Rangers are the juggernaut in Scotland again, Celtic have crumbled, and Glasgow is Blue.
And there’s no ace in their cards to save them either.