Glenn Middleton's "top spot" aim means nothing until results follow
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Glenn Middleton's "top spot" aim means nothing until results follow

Glenn Middleton’s aim to have Rangers at the top of the table means nothing until results start to follow.

Rangers fans have experienced extreme highs in recent weeks following charges to the summit. Wins over Hearts and Hamilton respectively have seen the Gers leapfrog their rivals on two occasions over the past month.

Unfortunately for supporters, however, the next match on each occasion saw Steven Gerrard’s men drop back below them. It’s shown a lack of spine when Rangers have needed it most, and pressure desperately needs to be put on on a more consistent basis.

Glenn Middleton wants to see Rangers hit the Premiership summit once more (Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

Middleton, however, has claimed that Gerrard’s men remain hungry for top-spot. Speaking in the Daily Mail, the young winger said Rangers are aiming for the summit once more before the Winter break.

“Of course that’s the target. That’s what this football club is about – being at the top of the table and challenging.

“We’re all desperate for it to happen. Being top gives you that little bit of motivation going into every game – knowing that people want to beat you and you need to beat them to stay at the top.

“It helps you kick on.”

Where has that energy and mindset been?

The big question that needs asked after reading that is just where has that mindset been on the pitch over the last month?

On the two occasions Rangers have been top, it feels as though the recliner has come up and the team have had a rest. Granted, there was plenty of endeavour on view at Easter Road last week, but Rangers didn’t have a finishing touch.

These words from Middleton about being top mean nothing, however. Rangers have already been there twice, and on both occasions crumbled under the pressure just one game in.

Rangers’ draw at Hibs was the second time they failed to hold onto top spot (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s one thing saying that you’re going to go top an stay there, and it’s another thing doing it. Rangers just don’t have that winning mentality that’s needed for now to really take charge in a title-race.

Supporters don’t want to hear all of the bravado. They want to see a confident Rangers side go out and do their talking on the park – and consistently too.

It’s difficult to hear Middleton say that being top kicks you on, when Rangers have twice failed to. These are all words that fans would’ve loved to hear pre-Hearts, but not now.

Now it’s time for Rangers to do their talking on the pitch, and keep putting the pressure on their rivals. Can they do that? Time will tell.

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