Rangers win over Celtic in December couldn’t have come at a better time. Or worse depending on what side of the Old Firm you root for.
For the last two weeks we’ve been basking whilst they’ve been wallowing. And there’s still over a week to go before the Scottish Premiership returns to action.
Between all the meltdowns and dodgy punditry, there’s also been a transfer window. Potentially the most important in Scotland in recent memory.
The league is neatly poised. There’s a feeling that if either side gets this right, they’ll reap the rewards come May.
So, which of the Old Firm has been making the right moves?
Rangers probably edge it so far
On paper, you have to give it to Rangers. Gerrard has identified the lack of experience in the squad and rectified it by signing Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe. Two players of Premier League quality, one of whom has played at and won with the club before.
Rangers have also sought out players in Jones and Kamara who have Scottish Premiership experience. Whether the pre-contract signings will make it to Ibrox before February remains to be seen.
Celtic on the other hand have signed three young players with no experience of the league. Four if you include the reported move for Andrew Gutman.
Oliver Burke (21), Timothy Weah (18) and Vakoun Issouf Bayo (22) all sound like decent players. Hell, Weah might even be bound for the top. But it can take time for players like these to settle.
Time isn’t something either side has.
Will they be able to handle the pressure if this season bottlenecks come April? Perhaps Rodgers thinks he already has that in his squad. Or has something else up his sleeve.
But so far, it is Rangers who are leaving a stronger impression in the transfer market.
And you get the feeling both of the Old Firm aren’t done shopping yet.