The Rangers, it appears, really are coming this time. At least that’s the view of punditry from across Scottish football.
Steven Gerrard’s side has been quietly developing into a team both pleasing on the eye and ruthless in front of goal over the last 12 months.
And when you couple Rangers’ development with the growing nervousness at Parkhead, you’ve only got to ask one question.

Chris Sutton has been particularly outspoken this week. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Is this the week the pundits woke up to the very real threat of Rangers?

In true Tom Boyd Celtic da form, Chris Sutton used the utterly hilarious ‘Rangers are coming’ quip in the title for his satisfying column with the Daily Record.
Again, in true Tom Boyd Celtic da form, he also can’t resist some kind of misguided dig at Rangers’ finances too.
He knocks Rangers fans for “getting carried away as usual” and says it’ll be up to Celtic “how far they get”. It’s sublime reading. The nerves are palpable.

There has also been comment from the likes of Graham Spiers [the Times], who even said “thank God for Rangers” as the Ibrox club succeeded in Europe where Scottish clubs toiled.
He added, “Steven Gerrard looks to be assembling a team which might be unnerving one or two people across Glasgow.”
The radio silence from Tom English in the aftermath of those contrasting European results has also been deafening.
Over the last 12 months, Rangers fans have watched Steven Gerrard grow as a manager and begin to take real leadership of the club from top to bottom.

Can Steven Gerrard guide Rangers back to the top of Scottish football? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And yet as this season has started there are some voices – usually, fog horning their Celtic glee across Glasgow – who appear surprised.

Whilst there is still a very long way to go, it does appear that the Rangers are coming.
And it’s to our advantage that it’s only this week that so many of the clubs detractors are beginning to realise it.
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