As Celtic go into self-isolation, Rangers have been handed a major opportunity to gain some title momentum.
The Ibrox club will take centre stage for the next two matchdays with the Gers already two points ahead of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
After Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli put everyone at Celtic and Kilmarnock at risk with a secret jaunt to Spain, our Old Firm rivals will be forced to sit out ties with St. Mirren and Aberdeen [SPFL].
But with Celtic not set to kick another league ball until 5:30pm on Saturday the 22nd of August – it means Rangers will play three times before our rivals play again in Scotland.
Rangers have the chance to stretch out an 11-point lead before Celtic are forced to play in what promises to be a tough match up at Tannadice.
Make no mistake – this is an immense opportunity.
If Rangers can get their neck out in front at this early stage of the season it puts massive pressure on every Celtic match before they can close the gap.
That breathing space means the Scottish footballing microscope will be fully transfixed on Celtic Park in this high-pressure season and allow Rangers the focus to simply keep on winning.
The Gers have already proven so far that as a club, squad and team they are focused on going for it this season whilst across the city, there have been umpteen distractions already.
The pressure is now on Rangers to maintain this momentum with no date fixed for Celtic to play their spare two matches.
If Rangers can beat St. Johnstone at Ibrox, Livingston at the Tony Macaroni and Killie back in Glasgow the Gers will be superbly primed for making a proper fist of it this season.
At such an early stage of the campaign, this Rangers team have the opportunity to prove they’ve got the guts to go forward and lift 55.