This morning, manager, Steven Gerrard and captain, James Tavernier, faced the media to preview tomorrow’s Old Firm.
The mood was upbeat and relaxed ahead of what is surely the biggest test yet of Rangers’ title credentials.
In fact, despite regularly criticising his players of late, Gerrard made a bold statement about the season so far.
🎙️SG: I feel that we are a couple of results away from having a perfect six months, if we get a result it puts us in a good position going into the break.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 28, 2018
A couple of results away from the perfect six months?
There’s no doubt the Gers have made great strides this season.
Their Europa League campaign was a triumph, especially in light of last year’s disaster in Luxembourg.
Rangers came oh so close to qualifying for the knockout stages, and remained unbeaten at Ibrox throughout.
Domestically, there was disappointment in the form of a League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen.
However, so far, this has been the best challenge Rangers have mustered in the SPL since their return.
The Teddy Bears were flawless in the league in November, ensuring that a win against Hearts at the beginning of this month was enough to send them top.
Since then, results have been poor, yet not disastrous. Gerrard has a point, had they avoided defeat at home to Aberdeen and beaten 10-man Dundee, they would still be sitting top of the pile.
Certainly not perfect, but not far off it.
Recent struggles make tomorrow’s clash even more important.
Win, and the players can enjoy the winter break knowing the club are firmly in contention.
Lose, and it’s an uphill struggle from here on out.