Finally we can publish this one, and we’ve been waiting for a long time to suggest it.
And while the proof will be in the pudding over the next few domestic matches, it is almost certain now:
Rangers’ slow start to the season was quite simply because we were absolutely gutted not to be in the group stage of the CL to begin with, and the playoffs were a HUGE distraction.
This whole summer, from losing to Frankfurt in the UEL final all the way up till full time in Holland – has ALL been about getting to the group stage of the Champions League, and everything else has been a complete distraction from it.
Gio especially did not really know what he could budget for, he didn’t know for sure what tournament we’d be playing in Europe, and the target was CL but the guarantee was far from that.
So our manager has been trying to figure out how to secure the group stage for sure, and while we’ve had our criticisms of his methods, it’s ultimately worked. More fool us.
We would 100% have postponed Hibs, because that would have been 3 points on the backburner, but what’s done is done.
And now with the whole nightmare of two tough rounds to negotiate in the UCL qualifiers over, we can FINALLY settle down, having achieved our goal, and properly, at long last, concentrate on the league.
56 is what matters now, and we have some cash to play with over the next week and January.
But we’ve not been able to – and that’s likely a strong reason the start to the season has felt so unsettled.
Sit back, relax, and let’s go for 56. Plus maybe a sneaky win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Sounds good doesn’t it!