Goal difference at Parkhead – what does it mean for Rangers?

Goal difference at Parkhead – what does it mean for Rangers?
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So there was a massive misunderstanding yesterday by Ibrox Noise, and we take full responsibility for the temporary cognitive glitch which led to this one.

We explained that Rangers needed to win 0-6 to get to the top of the table this weekend, and when one looks at the goal difference, that seems accurate.

We’re 5 behind Celtic, so that makes sense.

Except, we made a rookie mistake, and a lot of fans got in touch to clarify this one, without any of them making a dig or insult, so we appreciate it.

The oversight?

We forgot, in our haste, that the GD will be AGAINST EACH OTHER this weekend. Not only do Rangers gain on Celtic’s goals scored with a 3-0 win, but Celtic’s conceded will go up in the same match. But to Rangers’ benefit.

Unlike all the other 10 matches both sides face in the SPL, the GD is now mirroring on each other in this one.

So, if we score a goal, we reduce by one their goals scored, AND their conceded goes up. At the same time.

It was a rookie cognitive oversight, where one goal in this fixture is double-edged on the GD.

So we’re 5 behind, but in this fixture, that really means two. We score 3 goals, then we’ve narrowed their goals scored but really hurt their goals conceded. And we’re now +1 goal difference on Celtic.

Of course, the opposite applies, if they gub us the goal difference becomes painful to look at – it’s amplified in the opposite direction.

It really is a 7-point match. 6 pointer as title decider, 7 point for goal difference.

But hopefully that makes sense.

Equally though, does anyone expect us to win 0-3 this weekend?

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