It’s time for Rangers to draw a line under VAR scandal

It’s time for Rangers to draw a line under VAR scandal
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 08: Michael Beale speaks to James Tavernier of Rangers FC during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When all is said and done, regardless of the outcome of VAR and all the rest of it, Ibrox Noise did not ever make those excuse for Rangers’ loss and were on record as saying we’re second-best. The VAR call was an injustice but it’s time to draw a line under it now and move on, because sitting complaining about unfairness won’t resolve any of the issues plaguing our club right now, and won’t help us move forward.

Ibrox Noise was one of the few Rangers groups to concede we didn’t ‘have it’ on Saturday, and that we fell short outside of any bad refereeing.

So this is the last we will discuss the VAR call for now, leaving it for another day to dissect if we must, because we have to concentrate now on a multitude of shortcomings before next season starts, and the semi-final awaits in barely three weeks.

If Rangers win that one, does it change things?

It could, tentatively – because Stavros has never won the treble as Celtic manager, and this cup is key to him doing that.

If Rangers win the Scottish Cup two years running, or at the minimum get to the final, it does prevent Celtic getting the fabled three trophies and suggests their manager and team aren’t as far ahead as Ibrox Noise and others are suggesting.

We. Want. To. Be. Wrong.

We desperately want this Rangers team, squad and manager to prove us to be dimwits at the Noise, and beat Celtic. We want them to show us they’re not as far behind as we think they are, and that that user on Ibrox Noise recently was bang on to say all we needed was to tighten up at the back and take the chances we get.

We want so much to look foolish as we look forward to a Scottish Cup final and the chance to win it two years running. Having two trophies in the space of one year, while neither are the league, would make Rangers fans feel a heck of a lot better about things.

And we’d love that.

But we just cannot see it. We will back our men all the way, and when the curtain rises we’ll be screaming as loud as anyone else of a blue persuasion, but our optimism that our team can do it has been doused by a truly abysmal record against Celtic for far, far too long.

Rangers legend and former captain Richard Gough recently said he was used to winning at Parkhead back in his day, and speaking to Ibrox Noise he suggested he desperately wanted to be wrong about his pessimism for last weekend (he wasn’t) but that is the way it is for now.

And we share that. Sadly.

It’s down to Michael Beale and his squad to prove us wrong, because, frankly, they’ve failed to on three occasions now.

Ball’s in their court.

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