Rangers were playing in a retro kit as the club’s fans were subjected to a retro performance at Saint Mirren Park in the Betfred Cup quarter-final.
The Gers crashed out of the competition courtesy of a 3-2 defeat after a performance in Paisley which was a throwback to the not-so-distant past.
This defeat means that Steven Gerrard has now failed to deliver in seven consecutive trophies for the Gers as both the Scouser’s management and the team’s mentality is questioned.
No one saw this defeat coming – except Buddies boss Jim Goodwin apparently.
Rangers were on an unbeaten run of 27 matches and had swotted aside the likes of Galatasaray, Celtic, Benfica and just about anyone else who came up against Gerrard’s team.
We were on an unstoppable Tour de Force, rampaging around Scotland and Europe annihilating all in our path, our rivals nervously watching this season pan out through the cracks in their fingers.
And then, this. A glimmer of hope for every detractor in the game here, a chink in the once impenetrable Ibrox armour, ammunition for enemy militias.
This was a huge defeat for a number of reasons but not least because that draining, heavy and ultimately perfectly justified tag of serial losers with a losing mentality will remain all the way till May.
Via this competition, Rangers had a chance to finally – after ten long years – get the trophy monkey off of our back and go out and prove that we have a winning team.
Despite all the good form, all the swashbuckling football, all the goals and clean sheets, we’ve still not won a thing and come the League Cup Final in February, that’ll still be the case.
This was a chance to release the pressure valve going into the latter stages of the title race, for the team to take the pressure off themselves as the curtain starts drawing on the campaign.
But at the first sign of pressure, we’ve just gone and creaked again in a theme which is becoming worryingly consistent for Steven Gerrard and his charges.
Arrogance, complacency, a lack of good old-fashioned balls; call it what you want.
But whatever way you come at it this squad has yet to prove to any one of us that they’ve got it in them to hoist silverware above their head.
What’s more, in failing to secure a League Cup without competition from the likes of Aberdeen and Celtic, they’ve just heaped even more pressure onto themselves in the Premiership title race.
If they can’t handle a rain-soaked night in St. Mirren Park, then how the hell are they going to handle a title run-in come March?
On the retro kit, some Rangers fans are convinced that it’s now a bad omen for the club after they crashed out of this season’s Betfred Cup courtesy of a 3-2 defeat to St Mirren.