Is the gap in Glasgow shortening, Positive
January suggests Rangers are on their back
DATE: 07.02.2018 - SOCCERVOICE - BLOG - SEASON 2017-18
Rangers haven’t won a Scottish
top-flight title since 2011. Too long for a club with a record 54
gongs, made worse for fans by the fact bitter rivals Celtic have
dominated since, winning each of the last six flags and already well
on their way to securing a seventh.
The Teddy Bears finished third last year – their first season back
in the Premiership – behind runaway winners Celtic and silver
medallists Aberdeen. Rangers’ battle is now with The Dons to
wrestle their way back into the top-two, reaffirming themselves
as Celtic’s main danger.
Following a couple of failed experiments in the hot-seat, the Ibrox
board finally saw what was right under their noses the whole time,
appointing Graeme Murty as manager.
The former youth coach has been handed the reigns until the end of
the season, tasked with grabbing the silver medal and making a dent
in the Scottish Cup, but many in the stands have already seen enough
to convince them the former Southampton defender is the long-term
Murty started on the front foot, beating Aberdeen home and away in
quick succession, before going to Celtic Park and getting a draw.
With confidence back in the ranks, the stand-in manager, backed by
the board, cut out the deadwood of the Pedro Caixinha era, replacing
it with hungry, British players, many self-confessed supporters of
Source: Rangers Culture via Twitter
Those newbies include Russell Martin from Norwich, Nottingham
Forest’s Jason Cummings and Jamie Murphy, who jetted in front of
Premier League side Brighton.
Meanwhile, That shake-up has had the desired effect, Rangers
winning each of their three January fixtures to get 2018 off on the
Starting with a crucial 2-0 win over Aberdeen in Govan, Morelos and
Tavernier were both on target, before claiming a hard-fought win vs
Ross County on the road. Candeias scored the opener against Owen
Coyle’s side, Cummings climbing off the bench to put the game to
The Rangers support are beginning to believe again and,
following suggestions in the media that the club knocked back a
big-money offer from China for star striker Alfredo Morelos, it
looks like all concerned are planning for the future.
£8m was the deal, a price tag that will come as
no surprise to followers of Scottish football betting, the
Columbian currently favourite to finish as the league’s top scorer.
The measure of just how far Rangers have come on will be taken from
how they perform against rivals Celtic. Overthrowing them may be a
bridge too far this season but they’ll want to land a blow on The
Hoops, aiming for a win that would not only help close the gap but
send a message across the city – Rangers are back and they’re going
Source: Rangers Culture via Twitter
Sunday 11th March is penned in as the date for the next
Old Firm Derby and we’ll see then if Graeme Murty and his band of
brothers have any chance of making things competitive and injecting
excitement back into football north of the border.
Bookie bet365 have the blues written off as 66/1 no-hopers to win
the league, which is a big enough price, but probably still too
small to attract much of an interest. Going into February, with a
recent win over Aberdeen behind them, Rangers are 5/6 second
favourites to win the ‘betting without Celtic’ market.
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