Glenn Hoddle has ruffled a few Rangers feathers today by dismissing Ange Postecoglou’s achievements at Celtic because Scotland is a ‘one team league’.
A few Ibrox reactions of wanting to ‘show him’ or annoyance at the arrogance of another English football personality dismissing the Scottish Premiership’s quality, but the reality is he’s sadly correct.
With another season underway and Celtic already top of the table and three clear of Rangers, and having won 10 titles of the last 11, while us Rangers fans can fume and rage at being dismissed in this way, there’s no evidence to prove the contrary.
It’s up to Michael Beale and Rangers to win 56, and to start winning titles and trophies in general. 2 of the last 16, including Sevilla, is abject, abysmal, and well below the Rangers standards we usually expect.
And it’s true – Ange was against, yet again, a rubbish Rangers, who might have soared in Europe under Gerrard and Gio but couldn’t replicate that form domestically enough.
So Hoddle isn’t wrong to dismiss the Greek, because there’s no evidence whatsoever he’s a good manager – he’s never been tested properly in any league he’s been in.
Rangers have to prove, as much to ourselves as anything else, that we’re capable of challenging Celtic, that we can go toe to toe with them and not be 10 points behind by March – and while there’s evidence of improvement, sustainability is key and showing we can keep winning and keep up with them.
A lot of that rests on Michael Beale and his decision-making. But that’s a debate we’ve had a 100 times and aren’t having right now – Hoddle is right on every level.
Including mentioning the Premier League as a whole other level, and after all, look how both Gerrard and Beale and Gerrard alone struggled when making that switch themselves to the big boys’ playground.
Spurs have already dropped two points under their new manager, he’s clearly not going to find it a stroll.
And Rangers winning the title won’t be either.
So it’s on Rangers to prove guys like Hoddle very wrong.