Rangers must get back to winning when Hibs come to Ibrox

Rangers must get back to winning when Hibs come to Ibrox
Rangers manager Philippe Clement at Easter Road (Credit Rangers FC)

With the international break done and dusted, we finally return to what truly matters; Rangers.

Hibernian come to Ibrox this weekend, having caused Philippe Clement’s men a lot of trouble at Easter Road some weeks ago in the cup quarter, and only falling as a result of a penalty against the run of play and a couple of red cards.

Rangers were far from good that evening, very far, but Fabio Silva’s fine late finish put a bit of polish on an otherwise tricky encounter.

And since then we’ve lost countless players, with Ridvan Yilmaz and Ross McCausland almost certainly unavailable as well for this one.

There’s also the small matter that said match in Edinburgh was the only win we’ve had in the last four matches, with two of them losses, including Motherwell.

The last time we made this observation, post-Benfica, the rage from Rangers fans who responded was close to abuse – but we make no bones about it:

Rangers are ravaged for injuries, and we’re in horrible form.

None of these things would matter if we were grinding out the wins, but we’re barely to not doing that either.

The good news is ‘them lot’ are rotten at the moment – they don’t have the same injury issues and yet their recent record is poor. So we don’t fear them running away with anything any time soon.

But by gum Rangers need a result this weekend.

We couldn’t even guess who is fit right now – we’re sure manager Clement will give a bit more insight at his next presser as to who he actually can call upon, but nothing otherwise has changed since we lost to Benfica.

We’re not in good form and that has to end this weekend.

Now, the one big thing we said about the international break was it would give the boss a critical two weeks to get some players back and take a breather, do some work with the players who didn’t get called up.

Problem there is a lot did get called up, so the time might not have been as productive for Big Phil as it could, although he admits that he hates international breaks like most of the rest of us.

As for how many players fit again? We’ll find out when he speaks to the press.

We’ve had our two week break, and it’s time to get at it all again.

We really, really need the win this weekend.

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