The five-game run before the Celtic match had Rangers fans tentative going into the Old Firm. An injury strewn squad, some of whom had played 30+ games already, were at breaking point.
We’d lost one tie (Rapid Vienna), drew two others (both Hibs) and scraped by in the other two matches (Hamilton and St. Johnstone).
But we persevered, “emptied the tank” and brought our A game for that match. Even if the few games previously we’d struggled for a rhythm. Hibs at Easter Road apart, we didn’t play particularly well.
Five games in under 20 days
First up is a trip to Cowdenbeath. Rangers are taking 3500 fans, and it should be a great day out. It could also be the chance to get a proper glimpse at some young players, like Stephen Kelly. These cup ties can be tricky, so Rangers have to respect that too.
After that, we are away at Rugby Park in the Scottish Premiership. Signing Jordan Jones on a pre-contract is bound to make this one spicier. But Kilmarnock are also only a point behind us, and this is about momentum. A win here is a huge result.
We then travel to Livingston, this season’s surprise package. They’ve already beat us at the Tony Macaroni and we need to put it right this time around.
Rangers then travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen, who we haven’t beaten in three attempts this year. If we can do it here we’ll be in a very strong position. Rangers only play one home game out of their first five in 2019.
And they’re tough ties too. How we come out of these could potentially make or break our season.