During a RangersTV interview at Auchenhowie on Sunday, Rangers star Connor Goldson revealed a seemingly secret label that the playing group gave to the 2020/21 Premiership season before it began.
This is Goldson’s third season in Glasgow but ahead of it, he was still looking for his first league title.
James Tavernier was in the same position, despite making the move to Ibrox way back in 2015, while, for the fans, the wait had been even longer.
There was a determination amongst the coaching staff and the playing group to change all that this season, though, and to finally turn the tables on Celtic.
Ahead of the opening fixture on 1 August, there was a lot of talk about a potential ’10 in a row’ for the Hoops, while for the Gers, the mission was presented by many in the media as ‘stop the 10’.
However, it seems that’s not the label that the players attached to the campaign.
Instead, in an apparent nod to the great Chicago Bulls basketball team that featured Michael Jordan, Goldson says they referred to it as ‘the Last Dance’.
“The new boys here don’t understand the pain that we’ve been through for the last three years – Tav four or five years – it’s been really painful,” said the centre-back. “Cups, leagues, everything, it’s been horrible” [RangersTV].
“The focus we needed for this season – we called it the last dance – and it’s lived up to it.”
In the Bulls’ case, the ‘Last Dance’ was the tagline for a legendary team’s pursuit of a sixth NBA title in eight seasons before the players were moved on elsewhere.
Contrastingly, for the Gers, it seems it represented a final push for a first-ever title for a group that had shown promise in the past but had previously been unable to sustain high performance levels over an entire campaign.
This is certainly the first time we’ve heard the phrase used by anyone from the Rangers camp and it’s an interesting insight into what the mindset of the group was ahead of their title-winning campaign.