The significance of last night was huge – while Rangers didn’t outright go top on goal difference (we still trail by a single goal) the 3 points, in the end, were massive and we’re level on that metric with Celtic.
We were slightly mistaken in our analysis yesterday over the points situation, due to some false information we misinterpreted, so we’d like to clarify that.
Yesterday, Rangers played matchday 25 of the Premiership season, Celtic play theirs tonight.
With Rangers’ 25th matchday, we won, and went level with Celtic temporarily – they will be hoping to win tonight to restore their 3 point lead.
But there’s the question of the game in hand. Rangers have played 24 matches total to date – Ross County, of course, matchday 20, was postponed, and that will be played on the 14th. THAT will be our 25th actual match.
If Celtic win tonight, and we will just for sanity sakes’ assume they will despite Rodgers’ horrific record at Easter Road, then Rangers must beat County to restore the parity on points.
At THAT point, the SPL officially normalises for Rangers and Celtic and it’s a literal straight sprint to the finish line with both sides level on points and matches played – deviation here will be matches moved for TV coverage etc. There will be temporary leads all over the place.
But definitively, the league is in Rangers’ own hands.
We have now put it there. We are level on points and just one goal behind, and we can unequivocally go ahead on goals if we notably outscore Celtic at Hibs when we host County.
Goal difference, of course, is a point in itself, and whoever has the superior GD if teams are level at the end, will win the league.
Which is why we are always hammering home on Ibrox Noise the importance of scoring bucketloads when we can, even despite fans just demanding nothing more than the 3 points last night.
We’ve not quite managed big scoring this season, too few matches scoring lower than they should have.
But this is academic for now, by the end of County Rangers could well be points clear in the table.
But hopefully this piece cleared up the confusion.
Or maybe it made it worse…