Title Decider? Rangers fans have their say about Sunday

Title Decider? Rangers fans have their say about Sunday
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 31: Fans cheer prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rangers fans have been voting on Ibrox Noise on the importance of Sunday, and whether or not the outcome of the match is a title decider.

At a number of 2000 votes at present and counting, the overwhelming result is that ‘yes’ it is very much a title decider, with 79% of votes to that persuasion.

Only 19% said it wasn’t a title decider while a miniscule 2% weren’t sure.

Ibrox Noise has already said that data-driven analysis demonstrates that it arguably isn’t a title decider (Clement’s record since November convincingly beats Rodgers’ by 6 points and that’s with a game in hand), with not only one more Old Firm after this, but the unpredictable and hugely damaging Split coming up in a few matches as well.

But it certainly would be a gigantic statement for Rangers to win it, then to go and win as well in Dundee.

Which is where the finer details come in.

Had Rangers already played and beaten Dundee, and been carrying a two-point lead into this match, we’d concede this one might be a title decider in the event of Rangers winning.

But with those three points simply in hand, a win in Dundee next week in CONJUNCTION with a win this weekend is arguably a title decider.

And equally, due to how inconsistent Celtic are, a draw or even a loss might not be the death knell on Rangers’ title chase, because with a win in Dundee the gap at the top would still only be a single point at worst, leaving EVERYTHING in the air for the final few matches.

In short, there are so many permutations caused by the game in hand, and Celtic’s inconsistent season since Philippe Clement took over, that we can’t say with any confidence that this match alone is a title decider.

But it would be a huge statement to get a good result and a massive response to December’s disappointing Old Firm reverse.

We don’t think it’s a title decider, but a win would be a huge result for Clement’s men.

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