Rangers faint title chances rest on potentially the hardest run of domestic fixtures in what’s been a troublesome domestic season.
The Ibrox club have toiled on home soil this year but still have an outside chance of pipping Celtic to the title. That’s if Gerrard’s side can get their act together and start grinding out results against the league’s best teams.
But with some daunting fixtures on the horizon, it’s a prospect which is looking increasingly more challenging.
There are nine games left to go this year, with four taking place before the split. Next up is a challenging tie against Kilmarnock. We dumped Killie 5-0 in the cup the last time they came to visit, but Steve Clarke’s side pose a difficult prospect at the best of times.
This is not the best of times.
The toughest run of games all season?
Prior to the split, we end with three challenging fixtures against the league’s on-form sides. Celtic (a) is increasingly looking like a must-win if we harbour title hopes. Hearts (h) and Motherwell (a) follow in a run of four games which will truly test the side’s bottle.
Should the Scottish Premiership top six remain the same, Rangers will then face Celtic (h), Aberdeen (h), Kilmarnock (a), Hibs (h) and Hearts (a). And not necessarily in that order.
Given our domestic form against these sides, it’s not exactly an easy run.
Excluding the two wins against Hearts, we’ve won only twice in ten of these fixtures. Three of them have been defeats, with five draws.
Can Rangers get through these matches and lift the Scottish Premiership at the end of the season? We’d need to go on a pretty momentous run to do so.