So the likelihood is that ‘they’ will win the league today, bringing the curtain down on what has been the worst season for a Scottish Premiership Rangers side since the dark days of Alex McLeish.
We exclude 2012-2020 from this period, it was an aberration where everything was taken away from Rangers and we had to start again from the bottom, so it cannot be measured in the typical smooth flow of the club under normal circumstances.
But once we secured 55 in March 2021, that was ‘proper’ Rangers back, and pre-2012 to post-2020 this season was up there with McLeish’s failing Rangers, and while it hasn’t quite plunged to Murty Pedro banter years levels, it’s been worryingly close.
It’s what happens when your board takes its eye off the ball and dumps success for selling merchandise, and it’s also what happens when fans get complacent and think everything’s sorted again.
That’s right, 99% of fans had a part to play in this too – so many of you ‘assumed’ that was it done, that we were back in our rightful place. Ibrox Noise warned you and especially the board that we could NOT ‘do a Liverpool’ and rest on our laurels.
In the months leading up to that March of 55, we begged with the board not to get lazy, and assume that was the work done. That was the work only just begun.
But no, we sold trinkets instead, rebranded the crest, and signed Juninho Bacuna. That was, shall we say, not good enough. We stopped the 10, we got 55, and we just sat on it. And here we are now, paying the price for complacency.
It would be a lie to say there’s no real vision going forward, what we would articulate it as is that we are in the dark as to what that vision is. The club has made a lot of change at boardroom level, and we look forward with some optimism at the impact of them, but in terms of strategy, it’s all very cloudy.
But as it is, Celtic will win their title, and Rangers’ best is to somehow avoid losing to the resurgent Aberdeen who, hate them or not, have been absolutely outstanding under their new manager – it will be far from easy for this ramshackle Rangers to get three points today.
It’s a pretty poor time in Rangers’ history, not a lot of positivity. There’s some modest hope, but that’s really about it.
We will always follow on, but our expectations definitely aren’t there right now.