56 is there for Rangers as Giovanni finally gets a grip

56 is there for Rangers as Giovanni finally gets a grip
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Manager of Rangers looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group A match between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli at Ibrox Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Yesterday we penned a piece about how Rangers would have to graft and work like dogs to overcome St Mirren, given the form they were in, the third place in the table they boasted, the fact they were coached by such an impressive manager in Stephen Robinson and the fact of course they put two past Celtic recently without reply.

In short, this could have been, Celtic aside, Rangers’ toughest SPL fixture of the season.

It turned out, in fact, to be the biggest cakewalk of our campaign thus far, St Mirren put in their place inside four minutes after Borna Barisic’s rasping drive cannoned off the upright and sat perfectly for the vulture that is Antonio Colak to mop up the rest.

This, on a day Celtic absolutely grafted like hell to score a Fergie Time winner against hapless St Johnstone who languish perilously close to the relegation zone.

In short, a match Celtic should have strolled, they toiled, and needed more than a bit of luck, while a match Rangers should have toiled, they strolled, and could even have scored more.

This was, quietly, a very significant day in the title race.

While the eastern lot didn’t drop any points, they came within a whisker of doing so, while Rangers answered their dropped gauntlet with a resounding thumping of a normally-strong side who have been on a fantastic run.

What are we saying? In itself it means little but in the bigger picture, we stand by what we said – Celtic are there for the taking, and Rangers have every chance of lifting 56 this season.

There is, obviously, a long, long way to go, but there is no reason why this Rangers team, who have only dropped 5 points this season, cannot go on a run.

We’ve shown we can handle SPL sides, and it seems like Giovanni is slowly getting to grips with things domestically, just in time for Stavros to slightly lose a bit of his.

We watch, wait, and ready ourselves.

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