Rangers’ defeat at Tynecastle has put a big dent in the Gers’ title ambitions as they languish five points behind Celtic in the table – but it must be a watershed moment for Steven Gerrard and his players if they are to get their hands on the Premiership trophy in May.
Gers fans are understandably angry at the result, particularly the manner of the defeat, and there needs to be an immediate reaction when the Light Blues take on Ross County in midweek.
Despite the result in Gorgie, things aren’t quite as bad as they might seem with Rangers now equal with Celtic on two defeats this season, with a further two draws thrown in compared to Celtic’s one.
With 17 games still to go in the campaign, including two against Celtic, the title is still very much in Rangers’ gift – but there can’t be any more half-hearted performances like the one on show in the capital.
Over the first half of the campaign, Gerrard’s side has shown just how capable they are and there is more than enough quality in the Gers’ ranks to push on and get things back on track.
However, Rangers have now put themselves in a position where they simply can’t afford any more mistakes and have to come out and give the sort of effort that was abundant in last month’s Old Firm win.
Missing two vital players in James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos has hurt the Gers in recent games but, that doesn’t excuse some of the woeful performances at Tynecastle against a side who have barely won at home over the last 12 months.
The title race is far from over though and both sides will almost certainly drop more points between now and the ribbons getting tied to the trophy – but the onus is now on Steven Gerrard and his side to show they actually want it and today’s defeat at Tynecastle must be quickly put to bed.
If Rangers can get back to doing the things they’ve done so well over the last six months, we’re in for a real title fight and the possibility of the first major silverware at Ibrox in almost a decade.
But it’s time for Gerrard’s side to start taking things by the scruff of the neck rather than meekly surrendering a lead to a pretty poor Hearts side.
Wednesday’s game with Ross County now takes on even more importance for Rangers – and is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone just how good this side can be.