As Ibrox Noise covered yesterday, Rangers finally broke the 4-year hoodoo of bad post-new year performances by finally delivering a fine display at this time of year.
Fans have always conspired to compile conspiracy theories, wondering why on earth we’d always come back and be sluggish.
In previous years we really had no tangible reason.
This year we do.
Not only do we have an experienced manager who knows what he’s doing, and how to get a reaction, but he also has something at Ibrox he’s not had till now:
His best players available.
Aside Filip Helander, there’s not a single unavailable player now in Govan who would potentially improve our lot.
Giovanni van Bronkhorst has Alfredo Morelos back, he has Ryan Jack, he has a full midfield compliment, and Nigerian stopper Leon Balogun is fit again. He also has Ryan Kent in form again.
In short, it’s a crazy theory, but isn’t it just amazing how much better Rangers are when our club’s best players are at the disposal of the manager, an experienced manager who knows how to use them?
The quiet secret of Wednesday is we were actually much, MUCH better in that second half, but the damage had been done – and that improvement was thanks to the introduction, among others, of the outstanding Ryan Jack and solid Leon Balogun.
Add to them Alfredo Morelos, and finally, FINALLY Rangers have their best players back, and we saw yesterday a sample of the damage that can do.
It’s not really that bonkers that your best players are a big help!