Steven Gerrard has firmly stated that using the title celebrations as a reason for Rangers’ lull/cup exit is a ‘cop out’, but the question is, is he right?
Honestly, the man has had the Midas touch this season, aside the domestic cups of course, and we have begun to trust him (with conditions) significantly, but does that mean we agree with his claim that we can’t use the celebrations and the title win as a reason?
Let’s be frank, Rangers have been rubbish since we won the league.
We didn’t show up in Prague, were even worse for the return, and all domestic performances, aside the solid win v Celtic, have been atrocious.
The team hasn’t shown up, pure and simple.
And do the celebrations and the league win contribute to that?
Yup, sadly it’s a massive reason. We suggested the players at the Euros have one eye set on the summer, and that’s true too, but we have to disagree with Stevie on this one, in a sense.
We don’t use 55 as an ‘excuse’, but when you work like a dog for 10 years to win a league, and you finally do it, there’s going to be a comedown from those incredible scenes of jubilation.
The hangover is well and truly ‘ruining’ (can you actually ruin a season we won 55 in?) the end of Rangers’ season, and while the results haven’t been horrific (just one draw and one loss since 55) the performances have been below the accepted level.
Stevie is fair enough to try to be honest with the fans about why the team isn’t playing well, but we’re just not sure this one is on the money.
A cop out? Not entirely – the players just lost their mojo after 55 and it’s never been regained.