Let’s be absolutely 100% blunt and honest – we’ve had an amazing season under Steven Gerrard, undoubtedly one of the best in this club’s history.
But we always call out truth where we can, and we can admit our domestic cup record under Stevie has been deplorable.
Unbeaten all season, but arrogantly complacent v St Mirren in the league cup and rightly beaten – and it’s been a repeating pattern under this boss.
League wise, glory – zero complaints, amazing, and 55 truly deserved with one of the best and most convincing league wins ever seen in Scottish football.
But on the cup front, it’s been the usual, with an ‘unlosable’ league cup still slipping through our fingers – and that is why all the pressure tomorrow is on Rangers.
And so it should be.
We’re now the benchmark – we’re by distance the best team in Scotland, and we are expected to win.
Anything less than a win tomorrow, anything less than Rangers going through to the fifth round is kind of a catastrophe.
We didn’t mind the subpar display v Hibs because we won – it was post-split and there was little to play for beside the 100% domestic record at Ibrox. And yet we still took all 3 points.
But tomorrow, it matters. It really matters – while we have now secured meaningful silverware at last, tomorrow will be part of proving we can do that in cups too.
In a pure KO situation, Rangers have been horrible for a long, long time.
It’s down to Stevie to conjure a plan and break out of that pattern tomorrow.
Do we trust him? Well, if we look at that track record, we’re on the fence. We have to be. Too many cup disappointments for us to blindly trust.
But we hope he’s learned, along with the squad, from all those errors, and we come out on top in the cup and find our way to the next stage.