If there’s been one guarantee this season it’s been that Ibrox Noise, and we imagine other Rangers fan sites, have been bogged down every post-Old Firm loss by gloating Celtic fans, thoroughly ‘obsessively’ coming on our channels to rub our noses in the latest loss.
Indeed, the same was expected for the weekend’s fixture too, with Parkhead’s ‘finest’ surging onto Ibrox Noise in their droves with lots of laughing emojis or smearing comments.
But that didn’t happen did it?
For the first time since Gio’s Rangers beat them last year, there was a substantial reduction in smug timmies jumping on our channels to gloat.
And you know why? Because they know they have a problem.
They know it only takes one injury to one of their key players and they’re massively down on Rangers.
A sub-strength Rangers missing almost an entire XI of first-team players absolutely demolished a 70%-strong Celtic side, missing only four players.
This means that, yes, while their current full XI is probably ahead of ours (table doesn’t lie), it takes one bad injury to change that, and we saw the extent last weekend.
And guess what? This is what Rangers went through the whole season. This campaign Rangers have been short of:
Robby McCrorie, John Souttar, Filip Helander, Ridvan Yilmaz, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Kemar Roofe, Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak, Ianis Hagi and many more – many more big players for our club who have been missing, and let’s not forget Connor Goldson in the autumn.
In short, Celtic got to experience a partial simulation of Rangers’ issues this season, and they couldn’t damn well cope either. And with them it was ONLY FOUR PLAYERS. Rangers have missed practically half the squad at one time or another.
It’s worth noting also that Celtic’s last four SPL matches only sees two wins; a draw with Motherwell and of course being humped by Rangers being the other two.
So while Rangers may have a few issues of our own, and we absolutely know we do, and we must strengthen, Celtic are by no means infallible.
Their manager is nowhere near as good as the Celtic-minded media wants you to believe – Brendan Rodgers, in fairness to him, was, it’s why Leicester snapped him up and he nearly got them into the Champions League.
But Stavros, 7 years older than Rodgers, hasn’t even managed at a high level, not even England’s Championship never mind the Premier League.
And no one has been linked with a move for him – even Beale had to fend off Premier League Wolves!
So while a lot of Ibrox Noise’s content in recent times has been pessimistic, that win was eye-opening.
We’ve work to do, but we’re not as far behind as we fear, and the right signings this summer with Michael Beale learning from his previous errors might just see a much closer battle next campaign.
It’s not all bad at all.