Rangers have been handed a tough opening day trip to Aberdeen and Pittodrie as they look to start the season on the best possible footing.
Steven Gerrard’s side travelled up north on the Scouser’s first Scottish Premiership match in charge and escaped with only a point – that simply won’t be good enough for most Gers fans this time around.
As the Glasgow pressure-cooker builds ahead of the new season, Rangers must apply maximum pressure from the first whistle to the last if they’re to achieve this season.
Where better to set out our intentions than at the home of one of our many Scottish rivals.
Let’s leave every single person in Scottish football in no doubts that we mean business when we’re travelling back to Glasgow on the night of August 1st.
There’s no doubt the unlikeliness of supporters being included makes this match less of a spectacle, whilst fans miss out on one of the best away days of the season.
But having no fans in the traditionally difficult ground may well work in Rangers’ favour as they look to kick off the Scottish Premiership season in style.
With Celtic not playing until the next day – they kick off in slightly easier fashion against Hamilton – the Gers can stake an early claim for the top spot in Aberdeen.
It’s a match which has been announced for television broadcast and a great opportunity to lay down a marker going into what could be an iconic season for the Ibrox club.
Whilst there’s plenty to be said for fans calling out the SPFL’s decision to grant Celtic’s request of playing the first Old Firm derby as late as possible, let’s meet the challenge of Aberdeen head-on.
What an opportunity to show just how serious we are about wrestling back that Scottish Premiership this season.