With next Wednesday’s trip on a knife edge, the postponement question has arisen.
The last time we spoke of this, of discussing Ally’s suggestion that such an idea was a very good one, it was rounded on by about 95% of Rangers fans, all arguing that ‘momentum’ was more useful, along with gaining form. He mentioned it again, joking the Dutch FA’s help to their club would never catch on here.
After the result on Tuesday, unsurprisingly there’s been a little bit of movement, and while the majority probably still favour us travelling to Hibs this weekend, a greater number than before can see merit in putting the match off.
Let’s be clear – next Wednesday is our European final – it is a reset and a reboot and winner takes all, and the match is the second most valuable in world football behind England’s Championship playoff final. That one is worth about £150M to the winner, while this one, to gain access to the UCL group phase is worth an ultimate £60M if you factor in all revenue beyond just prize money.
Ergo, PSV themselves got their weekend fixture put off – and the debate about Rangers’ trip to Edinburgh has surfaced again.
While many fans argue about momentum and gaining more fitness, we at Ibrox Noise are concerned about three things:
1: Distraction. We would rather not have the trip to Easter Road distracting us from this ‘final’ next week. We want to do everything in our power to beat PSV and if we can be aided a little by a postponement, we favour it.
2: Injuries. What if Lundstram picks up a knock? What if Colak or Tav ended up missing midweek. Would that be worth the cost? It’s a real risk.
3: Gio, if Rangers do play this weekend, will have to pick a side with Wednesday in mind. And hope that it picks up a win at a notorious venue for Rangers. As much as fans want momentum, it’s possible that a bad result or performance at Hibs could really hurt morale and momentum.
The eager response we see is ‘it’s too early in the season for breaks ffs’ – but it’s not about a rest, it’s about focus, and risk. PSV is worth too much for us to disregard it as anything other than complete priority right now.
We still side with Ally on this one.