There’s no getting away from it, last night was emotional for everyone connected with Rangers Football Club, and we’d hoped for a barnstorming 90 minutes fit for the memory of Sir Walter.
What we got was, it has to be said, pretty darn poor, and absolutely not worthy of the great man.
The opening 20 minutes’ defending was some of the worst we can remember at Ibrox from our side, and while we clawed it back for 2-2, either the players’ heads weren’t in it at all (admittedly understandable) or too many of them just didn’t care.
This was a very, very poor performance, especially against a suspension and injury-ravaged Aberdeen side.
For all the great memories we have of Walter’s Rangers dispatching Aberdeen time and time again, this didn’t come close to honouring that, and was in fact a much worse opponent than Walter faced.
In fact, it felt like Rangers men Lewis Ferguson, David Bates and Ross McCrorie played more for Walter than our own men did, which was dearly disappointing.
Not that every performance was dreadful – Scotty Arfield tried to make things happen when he came on, and Leon Balogun had a bit of a go going forward, but it was slim pickings.
That the most poignant and memorable portion of the 90 was seeing Alfredo Morelos honouring Walter with his celebration summed up how threadbare this display was.
We know it was a deeply intense night, and harder than normal to focus on the football, but too many players seemed to simply not try.
We remain top, but the form is concerning and Celtic have a little spot of momentum.
Come on guys, pick it up. Walter would demand it.