So it’s the day after the night before, and fan reaction to Rangers’ abysmal start to the Premiership campaign has not changed at all.
There’s very little ‘perspective’ or ‘devils advocate’ style views, very few of the ‘give him a chance ffs’ brigade, indeed, the vast, vast majority is fuming with what happened at Rugby Park and already sees a bleak season ahead.
Ibrox Noise’s content has been well-received – we’ve just been very, very honest with you, and 99% of you have appreciated that. So we in turn appreciate the support.
But there’s no pulling the wool over fans’ eyes – yes, some are being a little more magnanimous and trying to be more positive, but even they acknowledge things as they stand are well off being good enough.
It would be easy to say it all falls now on Servette on Wednesday but it actually doesn’t – Michael Beale is not being judged on his endeavours in Europe primarily, but the league. And he’s already failed like a big fat fail whale at his first proper attempt.
But we can see gnashing of teeth and wailing sobs nevertheless if Beale’s Rangers doesn’t get a good result in midweek. Despite the fact that Servette are a much better team than us, and in much better form (well, they already have 5 points in 3 matches, better than us) and are clearly very capable in Europe (just ask Genk) Rangers fans are demanding a big response to Killie.
Europe doesn’t actually ‘matter’ per se, the biggest ball already got dropped by this manager at the first time of asking, but Beale will earn a modicum of slack if his team can avoid losing on Wednesday.
It’s the Champions League third round and it’s a massive hike, an unspeakable hike up in quality from Kilmarnock. It’s a different planet of football, and already the boss and his squad are under massive pressure to deliver something.
Another bad result on Wednesday and Beale will be truly feeling the pressure.