If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our first three Champions League matches, it’s ‘a lot’.
You learn a tonne tonne tonne more in defeat than in victory, and Rangers’ 9 goals shipped and none scored is about as tough a learning curve as you can get in football.
But you know what? It feels like Rangers got it out of their system, that we’ve now played our maiden three UCL group matches following the end of the Journey, and having learned everything about what you do and don’t do at this level, the return fixture may yield a few surprising results.
Ibrox Noise’s Derek detailed how we can beat Liverpool, and the site as a whole has a more optimistic feeling about our prospects in midweek – as long as the players and manager show a bit of courage.
Barry Ferguson was absolutely bang on – we need to show the kind of balls we did back in 2007 when our ‘anti-football’ and outstanding tactics held the formerly all-conquering messianic Barca side to a 0-0.
Liverpool are absolutely nowhere near them in stature, they’re just not a 10th as good, even during their PL and UCL-winning days. That Messi Barca was a juggernaut, one of the greatest club sides ever, and for Rangers to get the draw was much harder back then than beating a vulnerable Liverpool midweek would be.
But we will still need the gall to do it.
But equally, we’re ready to take that step into a bit more bravery, and actually trying to win at this level.
Our last two domestic results have seen a stark improvement in performance – first 45 v Hearts and the full 90 v St Mirren have finally seen some real form appearing among Rangers colours, and midweek against Liverpool is about the right time to prove it’s not a flash in the pan.
Are we ready to beat Liverpool? Absolutely. Can we? You bet your backside.
Gio, it’s over to you.