For those Rangers fans excusing Rangers’ loss at Killie on the grounds of ‘they’ll cause a lot of teams problems at home’ and ‘Celtic lost there too’, well those two remain the only single victories Killie have this season having been held there on that plastic pitch by hapless Hibs, and losing there to modest Ross County.
After some Rangers fans bigged Killie and that pitch up, while we’d never justify the plastic surface as anything other than borderline criminal, Derek McInnes’ Ayrshire side has been abysmal this season and sit 8th in the table – long gone are the halcyon days of Steve Clarke’s remarkable management at Rugby Park.
So no, sadly, unless we are now justifying/measuring ourselves against Hibs and Ross County, no, that surface had nothing to do with it, nor did our team’s ‘needing time to gel’ either.
We’re just rubbish. It’s not any more blatant than that.
This Rangers team is the least effective ‘conventional’ SPL Rangers side since Paul Le Guen’s dire reign was mercifully brought to an end in 2006 and Walter came in to save us. That’s not happening this time because there’s no way Michael Beale would quit and if sacked he would never ever waive his payoff as PLG honourably did – there’s also no Sir Walter any more.
This Rangers is fourth in the table behind St Mirren and Motherwell. We have less points than both of these traditionally dirge SPL teams.
Aside PLG and the latter stages of the Alex McLeish reign, this is the most miserably-placed a Rangers side has been for decades, and it’s sadly dipping into the early 80s era for low quality.
Obviously we’re aware of 2012- but that’s not a proper Rangers to measure against – we discount 2012-2018 – Rangers returned under Steven Gerrard when he made us serious in Europe.
But aside that skewed period, this Michael Beale era is weak. Very weak.
Fourth in the table, and we can’t even point at Killie and say they’re great – we’re the only side they’ve beaten in the league.
Yeah, just simply not good enough, falling well short and now we face Real Betis in 48 hours.
Bring it on?