Rangers need to break the cycle to get anything from Parkhead

Rangers need to break the cycle to get anything from Parkhead
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Michael Beale, Manager of Rangers, reacts during the Viaplay Cup Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on February 26, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Honest truth? Ibrox Noise has no faith in Michael Beale and this Rangers squad to win on Saturday. Not only is it the toughest venue in the country, but our hot form is frail and disguises how ghastly our defence actually is. We can do all this, with a spot of difficulty, against all other 10 teams in the Scottish Premiership, but against Celtic we’ve come up short twice under Beale, and given this manager doesn’t believe in defence, we don’t have a lot of hope come the weekend.

It sounds defeatist, we know, and we’re 100% Rangers fans, and 99% of you out there know that, and we want desperately to be wrong, but the trust Beale built in us was mildly damaged after the 2-2 then completely shattered after the League Cup final.

We fully anticipate him doing something to ruin this Old Firm as well, with his subs doing their job in the 2-2 and his starting XI doing the job in the final.

The problem for Beale and Rangers is Celtic are such a colossal step up from third place/Hearts – yeah, we can go to Hearts and run riot but give us one step up and a decent team and we struggle.

Celtic are decent. Let’s not lie with blue-tinted specs here. They’re decent. Are they a great team? No, far from it, but they’re such a step up from the rest of the SPL that Rangers under this boss cannot deal with it, and aside the semi final Giovanni van Bronckhorst couldn’t either.

How good Celtic really are under Stavros has been exposed in Europe repeatedly, but domestically it’s a different kettle of fish and they know how to be champions, how to win.

Rangers simply don’t, having lost that brief glimpse of 55 quite a long time ago.

Do we expect to get gubbed? No, hopefully not. But when you have defenders who can’t really defend and a soft centre down the middle, not to mention strikers off form, you’re not going to get much change at Parkhead who will be at 150% compared to their normal fixtures. And no away fans of course.

We’re not waving the white flag, we’re just being realistic.

Michael Beale is only part of the problem, the squad just ain’t good enough.

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  1. It’s painful but so true. We are not the 55 side even though it was better , it had the same weak spots . Let’s hope we get an early goal then have to try to get solid and frustrated.

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