There’s a bit of traffic this morning about the SPFL’s fixture list, and particularly the decision to send Rangers miles north to Dingwall on Christmas Eve.
It seems to us that while the SPFL and Rangers are far from good friends these days, it’s not like Murdoch McLennan and Doncaster sat there stroking their cats determined to make Rangers’ season a nightmare.
They literally do not care, and that’s probably half the problem.
But aside the implications of their apathy, if we look at the starting fixtures, Rangers actually have a pretty easy ride of it up till September.
We will face a bunch of cannon fodder and should have built up some confidence and momentum to take us into a tough September period where we’ll face Celtic, Aberdeen, Utd and Hearts.
So there’s nothing here that is especially sinister.
The trip to Ross County? Around Christmas last year we had nothing but home matches, and by then the cinch dispute, which many are using as a reason for this season’s selection, was already in full swing.
It’s just the way the draw fell – last season it was Celtic who were away 3 matches in a row around Santa time, so maybe let’s not buy into conspiracy nonsense.
We also saw some conspiracies earlier this week that we were 100% going to be away at Pittodrie for the first match, whereas we got the fairly lukewarm Livi instead who didn’t even make the top 6 last term.
We could have had a much tougher opening day than the one we got.
So no, we don’t really buy into the Dingwall stuff, that Rangers fans are having to travel far north on Christmas Eve – the debate we’d engage is why there’s a fixture card on Xmas Eve at all, rather than who is actually playing who.
It’s just more incompetence from the SPFL organisers on that one.
No, the SPFL are unfit for purpose, but they’re pretty useless to everyone, not just Rangers.