With Ross County off due to weather concerns (we deleted a match preview and XI prediction article!), Ibrox Noise’s attention now turns to the big one, the huge one, and the Old Firm this weekend.
It’s the one we’ve all been waiting on, and while we might address the lack of our fans at Parkhead in another article, this is the match which quite simply will define Philippe Clement’s Rangers.
Forget everything, and we mean EVERYTHING up till now.
Forget the last 16 and the League Cup – Rangers haven’t won in the league at Parkhead since 55, October 2020 to be exact, as well as winning there in the previous year, but you have to go back to Walter in the same month in 2010 for the previous victory on their patch.
So 2 wins since October 2010 for Rangers at Parkhead. It’s not a stunning record by any means, and it’s what every single Rangers manager is measured on.
Mick Beale proved on his Old Firm debut that he was the wrong man for the club, by hijacking a winning position with bad substitutions and dropping the two points.
That was a sign of what that guy was capable of, and all Rangers managers are measured on their results against Celtic. Gio failed, Warby failed, Beale failed, they all failed aside Steven Gerrard. And he got 2+ years of fails before he finally succeeded.
This will not be an easy one – this Rangers squad is absolutely decimated through injury, and although Celtic are not in good form right now, they remain the champions for a reason.
Well, that reason was Angie in truth, and now they have a bit of a loser in charge who’s completely lost his sparkle and stock, but nevertheless the rules go out the window on Old Firm day and with no fans on their patch, Rangers will be on their own.
So this one is huge.
If Rangers come out of this one with the win, it’s colossal.
It would be our first league win there since 55, a win with a completely shattered squad, and it would be a real barometer of Philippe Clement’s credentials.
We flippantly said some weeks ago that this Celtic match didn’t matter so much – that was absolute nonsense from us.
They all matter, and this one does so as much if not more so as any.
Rangers managers are truly judged on two things – trophies, and beating Celtic. Clement has managed half of that already.
It’s must win this weekend, as always, and Clement will write himself into folklore if he can do it first time.