Having been demolished in the Champions League by completely rotten Liverpool (even if we explained, to a tonne of derision, the part not having a defence in the second half v Bobby, Salah and Jota played) nevertheless Rangers travel to what has always been the toughest prospect in the group, facing Napoli.
Now, let’s be clear, the Neapolitans are not quite as good as folk think – they’ve frequently scraped results domestically despite soaring clear in Group A, which is every indication of how utterly poor Group A actually is outside of them. But they are a team, and they are 100% so far in the tournament.
Which means Rangers, in absolutely diabolical form, with morale on the floor and repeated beatings in the Champions League so far, that travelling to Italy in this state is surely lambs to the slaughter.
Rangers fans are genuinely scared an all-time Champions League humbling even worse than Liverpool’s slaughter at Ibrox is coming, and after all, Liverpool are, as we say, utterly rubbish these days. Which just shows how bad Rangers are.
But in the UCL, Napoli have, undeniably, been strong, and while we don’t see them contending much into the KO rounds, they will win this group with ease, with Ajax and Liverpool really about equal while Rangers are absolutely miles off all three.
Ergo, having been humiliated at home, to a fairly modest side, Rangers fans are fearful of a trip to the all-conquering Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, where no travelling fans will even provide some moral support, and there’s potential for the worst result in the club’s history, and the biggest drubbing the tournament has ever seen.
This match couldn’t be coming at a better time for Napoli, or a worse one for Rangers. They’re in form, top of Serie A and their UCL group, while Rangers are rock bottom of the group while losing the one bonus of domestic form that kept our head above water.
What do we think? We don’t know. We’ve seen our club pull off gigantic results against all odds – look at Dortmund and PSV, when no one gave us a sniff, but we were at least in good health, just not favoured.
Now? We’ve lost a third of our entire first-team squad, the manager doesn’t know what he’s doing, and the players left are in mostly drastic form.
So could that be recipe for one of the great results? Sure, probably not a win, but a draw?
Or are Rangers about to be absolutely tonked in Italy. We shudder to think…