Rangers are in the middle of domestic fixture confusion with the Scottish Premiership struggling to fit in the Ibrox club’s game in hand on league leaders Celtic.

The Ibrox club currently sits two points off leaders Celtic with a game in hand on their Old Firm foes.

Rangers can’t play the game – against St. Johnstone – because of a fixture pile-up caused by the club’s progression to the Europa League and the moving of matches for television.

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Depending on how well Rangers do against Portuguese high-flyers Braga, the match could once again be postponed due to the Ibrox club’s progress in the competition.

Rangers have the game in hand because their match with Hibernian in December – a 3-0 thrashing at Easter Road – was moved to Friday night for television.

 

But whilst it might act as a source of frustration for Rangers fans at times – is the fact the Gers have that game in hand in their arsenal actually a good thing?

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Ahead of the club’s trip to Hearts this weekend, it’s a timely reminder of how Rangers failed to cope the last time they were top of the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers went top in October for one match only to bottle it in a physical encounter with Scottish Premiership strugglers Hearts at Tynecastle.

Alfredo Morelos scored an equaliser for Rangers in the 1-1 draw with Hearts in the away fixture in October. He will serve the final match of his suspension at Tynecastle. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

So long as the club are second, with that game in hand coming later, is there an argument here that it actually takes the pressure off of Steven Gerrard’s side?

The situation with the fixtures is also not being helped by Scotland boss Steve Clarke who wants to see domestic matches rescheduled ahead of the EURO 2020 Nations League playoff [Scotland].

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