Monday’s Old Firm confirmed Ibrox Noise’s belief that the squad is nowhere near as bad at Rangers as some fans and pundits would have you believe.
Sure, the first half was terrible, but there were plenty signs in that second 45 that Michael Beale is on the right track, even if he absolutely flunked the subs.
And as such, when we look at the players still not available, such as Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Kemar Roofe (is he REALLY available?) it gives some hope that the coming month will see one or two big returns in the injury stakes, as well as a quality addition or two.
Because believe me, Rangers are nowhere near as far behind Celtic as is being portrayed, and while Morelos’ shocking pass in that first half put the hosts on the back foot, there was plenty to see over the 90 minutes that the players we have are not as far off the pace as the media would want you to think.
The fact Celtic were unable to win, with their late goal only being an equaliser, is probably the most underrated aspect of the match, that rather than it being a late winner, it was just to stop Rangers winning instead.
When was the last time, in the league, Celtic had to scrape a draw by lieu of a late equaliser?
Rangers did a lot better than was feared, even if Beale flubbed his lines with both the starting XI and the subs.
It probably WAS a fair result, but nevertheless, it was Celtic who held us, not the other way around.
So the existing squad is actually ok, and will benefit this month or next from two things – injury returns for Lawrence, Hagi and maybe Roofe, while also adding in the window a few new bodies.
There is a modest amount of cash to bring new guys in, and indeed there may be a sale or two in there, but Beale has made an impact for sure, even if he screwed things up a bit v Celtic.
We are very excited to have Hagi and Lawrence back especially – Colak with Kent, Hagi and Lawrence behind him is a very enticing prospect, and it shows Rangers are on the right lines.
We just need to dot a few i’s and score a few t’s.