As the dust settles on what’s been a tumultuous week for Rangers, is there any room at all for looking at the positives?
The Ibrox side has dropped two points behind rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and was also beaten by their age-old foe in the Betfred Cup Final, despite completely dominating the match.
The quest for silverware goes on at Ibrox as the club struggles to get the “first trophy since 2012” monkey off its back.
What the club’s players must do going forward is use this pain to generate a proper assault on the Scottish Premiership.
There can’t be an acceptance of being nearly men and these experiences must embolden the cause of the team and club.
For the club’s fans, trophies and cups are certainly a nice idea, but what truly matters is winning 55 and doing so before Celtic win 10 in a row.
Excusing the terrible refereeing decisions which went against us in both matches, Rangers need to develop a mettle, a nastiness and a ruthlessness to their game.
It’s not a question of ability – we have it in spades – but it’s about our mentality to get things over the line.
There are positives Rangers can take from the Betfred Cup Final. We were by far the superior team and the way Celtic set up against us is reflective of their respect of our side.
But those are outweighed by yet again failing to deliver when it really matters.
How long are we going to be hearing the same old story?