As we scale a port mortem on yet another bad domestic result this season, one thing is starting, just creeping back into a spot of reckoning.
Admittedly we’ve not seen it mentioned anywhere, it’s just our own theory, and it is something we were curious about, which, going by recent results, is starting to emerge as feasibly true.
Two things have simply not changed despite the change of manager:
Bad domestic results after new year.
And the bigger one:
Struggling in front of domestic fans.
Is there any coincidence Rangers’ 55 was in front of empty stadia? This squad, pretty much the same as last season, is back to playing as badly as it did pre-55, as inconsistently, and with the same results.
The big difference from 55, regardless of who the boss is, is that they’re doing it in front of fans now.
The players choked at Parkhead, and they choked today. They’ve choked at lesser arenas too.
We always wondered how the players would adapt to playing in front of fans again, well, this season, aside Europe (which they always seem to excel in), there’s been a tanking.
We have already drawn an absurd SEVEN domestic matches and lost two. We drew 6 ALL last season and of course lost none.
Gio’s record overall now is about the same as SG’s was till Gio took over, the change in manager hasn’t really changed anything. Initially there was a honeymoon but the reality of the squad’s mental strength is appearing now, and domestically it’s incredibly inconsistent.
That said Gio has made errors, no question – we’re always honest on this site and no matter how much we love a player or manager we call out fallacies always. So we can always admit where fault lies, if it’s with the boss.
But there’s no doubt that the team he selected, albeit a bit of a mess, should still have been able to put away the worst side on domestic form in the SPL.
They literally bottled it, and it’s not something they did at Ibrox last season with no fans around.
The only, single, scant consolation is that this horrible draw wasn’t compounded with our city rivals winning, and they too stumbled badly.
We do, however, remain 3 behind and had a chance to make it 1 today. Knowing what the players knew, they absolutely tanked the chance to make up most of the gap.
This shows a lack of guts, attitude, and general malaise.
In truth, if we’re to find one other scant consolation of this shambles, it’s that Celtic are miserably awful as well. Both sides, domestically, are complete **** and neither convinces.
The winner of the SPL this season will be the less bad side, not the best side.
What a crock.