Overall, it is pretty fair to concede that Rangers’ long-awaited return to action was something of a disappointment. As we gathered round TVs and radios, or even made the trip to Pittodrie for the clash, the common feeling amongst the Ibrox faithful was one of excitement to hopefully see GVB pick up where he left off with another victory. However, as we seen, this wasn’t the case. Slow and perhaps just missing a spark, Rangers dropped two points in what was a very forgettable showing.
Despite the disappointment, all hope is certainly not lost. While news around Scotland would lead you to believe that Rangers have completely fallen apart over the winter break, the reality is that Rangers are still 4 points clear at the summit of the league, and can easily pull themselves together and kick on once more. What is vital though, is that they do kick on and don’t slump.
When looking at the calendar for after the winter break, many fans would of merely took a brief glance then looked away at the fixtures against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup, and Livingston in a home league clash. However, following Rangers’ hiccup on their return to action last night, it is absolutely crucial that we follow it up with two statement performances to revive the feel-good factor which was absolutely thriving throughout December. While Stirling Albion only sit mid-table in Scottish League 2, the game still acts as a perfect opportunity to put on a goalscoring show for the fans, and to have them returning to Ibrox next Wednesday with renewed confidence in the team.
Looking onto Wednesday, Rangers’ clash with Livingston is absolutely huge. It is essential that Rangers get themselves back into a good place mentally in regards to the league, especially with a colossally anticipated mid-week Old Firm Derby at Celtic Park creeping round the corner. If Stirling Albion are successfully swept aside, it will hopefully lay down the foundations for Rangers to put Livingston to the sword and put winter break conspiracies to rest.
Scottish football fans, excluding our own, are quick to make jokes about Rangers regarding the winter break and the effect it has on us, especially since the January collapse of Rangers in the 2019/20 campaign. Last night’s result was sore, but with two very winnable fixtures lying in front of us now, it is absolutely massive for our season that we push doubts aside and grab these games by the scruff of the neck, and hopefully, push onto a very successful remainder of the season.