Before starting this piece, we know a lot of you out there love this team, and got really angry about us criticising the heck out of players for just one bad result.
And we bet some players in the team are really not that worried about losing just one game.
But…I have news for those who have only lived through the last 10 years, and have only seen the 9 in a row through watching the games on YouTube.
This is Rangers.
In the old days every single game was a must win. No one was allowed to take it easy.
The breaking point for us, last week, was Malmo looking like they wanted the win more.
We looked like we didn’t care, until we were two goals down.
And then on Saturday we again looked like we didn’t care, until suddenly we found ourselves down a goal.
Do you see the pattern?
Our players only seem to wake up when they have been stung….and that is not going to get us far against Malmo, or the Europa League, or even the Conference League, and that sadly is where I see us heading.
The problem is there are a number of stubborn players in this team who see this as just another job.
They put in the hours, but will not bust a gut trying to get a result, until suddenly it looks like the result might make them look bad.
Two years ago, Gerrard talked about being ruthless, every single minute of the match.
Being honest, when was the last game we seen (except for the game against Real Madrid) that we all collectively enjoyed?
A ruthless game where we were in awe at the silky moves, the wonder at the speed of thought, and applauded the intensity shown by the team when they constantly supported each other, every single second of the game…
The sad fact is Malmo are coming this week to Glasgow full of confidence, and they are now openly saying they will beat us at Ibrox.
And I have to say I agree.
Just now there is this very stubborn lazy streak running through Rangers. When Ryan Kent goes on one of his wonder runs, there is no one from midfield running to support him.
And when Tavernier is doing his best to score a goal, because the midfield can just never seem to get a shot on goal, the midfield is again AWOL for the counter attacks.
Being blunt, the technical skill of this team is way better than the team of 2011.
In fact, they are miles better than the team 10 years ago, but here is the problem. The Rangers team of 2011 would still beat this team every single week.
The reason is desire….In all the Rangers teams of old there was a hunger to win every single match, and that is what we, the old-timers, miss from this current crop.
So, I honestly can say, we should beat this Malmo team. There is really nothing special about them.
However, I predict we are going to lose, and we will drop to the Europa League, because there is just no hunger in some of the key players in this team, and I just don’t see some of these slackers changing their tune, just because they lost one match out of forty.
Yeah, the players know best….
And we are just fans making Noise…
But the sad fact is we saw this coming weeks ago.
And they, the players, didn’t do a thing to change.
And I am worried that by the time they realise that they should have perhaps worked just a wee bit harder, it will already be too late.