Missed opportunity at Fir Park means Rangers must rout Ross County

Missed opportunity at Fir Park means Rangers must rout Ross County
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 17: Philippe Clement, Manager of Rangers, looks on prior to the Viaplay Cup Final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 17, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If there is one thing that Ibrox Noise and Philippe Clement agree on (in fairness there’s a few), it’s that the result v Motherwell simply wasn’t ruthless enough.

After a stunning, bombastic first 17 or so minutes, Rangers just did not clinically hammer home the clear quality advantage, and while a couple of offsides played their part, there’s a huge goal difference to Celtic right now and that could play a role come the end of the season.

Rangers sit 11 behind Celtic’s ‘for’ column, admittedly with 6 less conceded but that means we’re 5 behind.

While points make prizes, we know fine well the difference their superior GD made when they were 6 ahead two seasons ago but effectively 7 with that better goal tally.

Rangers had a great chance to secure a cricket score at Fir Park but it just didn’t happen, and that’s the clinical ruthlessness we need to instil in our side.

Clement agrees. He expected more goals, more of a convincing score than just 0-2 against the hideously out-of-form second bottom side, and his side didn’t deliver.

While 38 1-0 wins will win the league, that consistency was gone from the start, given The Mick was our boss.

We have a real manager now, but that fabled 1-0 every week isn’t possible now, so we have to look a bit at the GD to remove it as a potential obstacle.

Rangers do have the theoretical lead if we just keep winning, but a little insurance would have been nice too.

Clement wants that as well.

He wants his Rangers to take its chances, to score many when clearly the better side and ‘deserving’ of further goals, and to fail to put any more past former Ger Liam Kelly was a bit underwhelming.

This is why slamming many past Derek Adams’ hideous County is paramount. He’s the one who hates the SPL, thinks it’s rubbish (he’s mostly right, to be fair), and manages a god-awful Highland side who are in the mire.

Taking a strong score against County would be so, so helpful.

Because Well was a missed opportunity.

Clement won’t tolerate many of them.

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