For the first time since becoming manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under some justified pressure.
Domestic results the past month or two have been patchy, and too many points have been dropped, despite the side’s stellar shows in Europe.
For fans who want 56, draws v the Dons, County, Motherwell and Utd not to mention a defeat at Parkhead is simply unacceptable, and while many have applauded Gio’s tactical awareness and willing to change things up, 7 draws at this stage of the season is frankly poor.
Mercifully Celtic are also absolutely terrible, and their recent win record papers over poor performances with late winners, so we’re not quite into the ’56 is gone’ territory just yet.
But GVB is at a perilous juncture.
His selection of John Lundstram in defence, giving Jack a day off, leaving our best available defender on the bench and tearing up Rangers’ best midfield was a blunder, and it’s the second one in recent times.
Yes, Goldson and McGregor capitulated too with basic errors, but the manager’s changes weren’t needed and they hindered us.
That’s right, we admire and support Gio but we will always call out errors, whoever they’re by.
And Gio now finds himself under a spot of pressure.
True, he’s come in mid-season and he’s basically using Steven Gerrard’s team. None of January’s signings have come close to working out.
So that doesn’t make it easy on him – but it’s part of the job, and there’s no making excuses now after the brilliant start he made.
He has shown adaptability – the ability to change things up – did it to wonderful effect v Dortmund, but did it for the sake of it v Motherwell and it cost us.
We’re all for tactical flexibility, but a blind man in a dark room can tell you Leon Balogun is a better defender than John Lundstram, and Lundstram is outstanding in midfield.
You play the best team you have, and you don’t make unnecessary changes purely to give players a rest.
As such, the boss is under some scrutiny, rightly.
We support him completely, and believe he’s the right man, but he needs to learn and do so quickly, what you can and can’t do in Scottish football for this club.
He’s been given a real wake up call.
Honeymoon is over Gio, get to work.