“Not life or death” – emotionally-charged Rangers v Aberdeen

“Not life or death” – emotionally-charged Rangers v Aberdeen
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerard and his assistant Gary McAllister lay a wreath for Walter Smith at Ibrox Stadium on October 27, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Smith led the Rangers to 21 trophies in two stints as manager, between which he spent four years at Everton and two with Scotland's men's national team. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

We apologise on Ibrox Noise for our lack of output lately. On top of yours truly feeling a little under the weather, the passing of Sir Walter has been quite, quite devastating.

Naturally, of course, life must go on, and tonight’s visit of the Dons will be as emotionally charged as any Ibrox match for many years, and we firmly expect the squad to put on a show and result Walter would be proud of.

The way football has united for the Grand Master of Rangers has been touching, seeing many Celtic tributes not just online but at Ibrox in the shrine too, showing just what a special man this is and was.

It’s hard really to focus on the bread and butter of football, but focus we must and with that, there are a number of key points we’ll look at for tonight.

Glen Kamara.

It’s simple, he needs to remain rested, and get that hunger and attitude back. We know what he can do, and his absence hasn’t been felt at all.

Steven Davis.

Probably needs a rest too – his form this campaign has been below his best and age is catching him up. John Lundstram, in the 6, is our best option right now.

Ryan Kent and Jack.

It’s a shame this one may have come too early for both, but what a wonderful surprise and shock it would be to see either of them involved. That would be a nice boost for us all.

Robby McCrorie.

While McLaughlin has done little wrong, this lad is the future. We’d love to see him between the sticks.

Scott Brown.

It’s his first visit to Ibrox as a Don, and we’re sure he’ll get a warm reception. Being fair, he spoke kindly and fondly of Walter yesterday, and we know that away from the pitch, he’s actually a decent guy. Maybe the crowd will go easy on him?

Steven Gerrard.

His close friend Walter is no longer with us, and it’ll be an emotional 90 for him. Here’s hoping the occasion won’t be too much for our manager.

73rd minute applause.

This has been suggested, an applause on 73 minutes to celebrate the life of Walter. We think that would be nice.


Both of these are champing at the bit to get involved again, having been left out in recent matches. It would be nice to see one or both being part of this one.

Either way, this will be an intense Rangers Aberdeen match. But as events yesterday show, at the end of the day, it is just a game. Not a matter of life or death.

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