We’ll keep this concise, with a sense of perspective.
This season’s goal was 55. Indeed our goal for the past decade has been 55.
Steven Gerrard was brought in to win us 55, to usurp Celtic.
And our manager has done that.
This season, in the league, we have been sensational and we will be grateful to everyone for evermore for that.
However, the one big Achilles heel Stevie has is domestic cup competitions – for some reason, he is unable, in the past 3 years, to learn from what goes wrong for Rangers and put it right when it matters.
But that Achilles heel isn’t exclusive to him – the players have been dead on their feet/downed tools since winning 55 – the win over Celtic the one aberration, and that pattern has persisted through all cups in recent years aside the unfortunate loss to Celtic in the final in 2019.
And not even the incentive of winning the Scottish cup was enough to make this squad energised and fighting to win.
We credit St Johnstone with a lot – they played very well indeed, and were brilliantly organised, with an inspired goalie.
But a full-strength Rangers should have been able to beat St Johnstone at home – and the fact the players were so limp and lifeless was a frustrating sight at best – why these players can’t give the cups more is beyond us.
The cup hoodoo, then, goes on till next season at the earliest.
A mental block, if you like.
It cost us a bit of morale, but it didn’t cost us 55.
But end of the day we miss lifting domestic cups. It seems a long way away before we do that again.