Rangers fans won’t have had the chance to enjoy the Celtic game last night due to their own club’s awful result against Aberdeen.
Fortunately, however, Rangers did have one big plus in not just the Celtic result, but their performance. That’s because the main fear for Rangers this season is Celtic going on a huge run and jogging away with the league title.
The good thing for Rangers, however, is that it doesn’t look like happening anytime soon. Whilst Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are prone to the odd poor result that gets over-analysed, Celtic are just as bad for it this season once again.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have slipped up in five of their eight away games this term. Considering Rangers have had plenty of stick for their away form this season, Celtic have now slipped up in one more away game game than Rangers have. The Gers have slumped in their last four league travels away from home, and that was their first four of the season. Since then, Rangers have won the other three.
Both sides were dreadful on the night
Celtic may have made seven changes to their side last night, but they were dreadful. Rangers have every right to be downhearted at their defeat last night, but minimal damage was done.
Forget this idea that it was a glorious chance last night. Rodgers would’ve been fully aware of the Rangers score. Who’s to say that Celtic wouldn’t have approached things differently last night had they known Rangers were winning?
Rangers’ rivals still look shaky when you compare their performances to that of the invincible side of two seasons ago. The Ibrox club are on a positive trajectory and finally have the ability to keep running along-side their Old Firm foes.
Rangers are going to lose games this season, that’s just the nature of the beast. Title-races have twists and turns and this was one of them. If this was a couple of years ago, however, then it would’ve been a disaster. Celtic were sweeping all aside during that period, and any slip-up was huge.
Now? Rangers can be safe in the knowledge that they can afford the odd result like this. That’s because Celtic are still highly capable of slip-ups themselves.
It was the only plus Rangers could take from last night, but it’s still a significant one.