Rangers were back to our brilliant fluent free flowing best on Saturday as Ross County were pushed aside in a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday afternoon’s work.
That pressing fast flowing tempo was evident from the off as Rangers punished Ross County in a performance as good as anything we have witnessed this season. One change to the line up saw Helander slot into the back line in place of Leon Balogun in a change the manager described as ‘horses for courses’.
Rangers were quick off the mark pressing and moving quickly, it was a really enjoyable watch and we quickly began to blow our opponents away. A rare Kent header was followed by a thumping header by Helander and the game was done by the thirty minute mark. The best was still to come with goals three and four as Rangers battered their opponents, who in all credit and fairness continued to at least have a go.
Joe Aribo produced a moment of individual quality as he glided past two County defenders to bend a left footed strike into the net for a goal which will rival any individual moment this season. The twinkle toes of Aribo is more than capable of that kind of moment and he was back to his best on Saturday, playing slightly further forward. That’s where I feel he is best, he isn’t suited to tracking back and putting in a shift but more natural as a ‘ten’ further forward, in my humble opinion.
If you thought that was a brilliant individual moment then the next was as good a team goal as you will see all season.
The funny thing is we do that all the time and it’s nothing to do with our choice of drink at the training ground.
No this is three seasons of training and dedication to a system finally paying off. Rangers zip it around and trust each other to use the ball well. A total of nineteen passes, for over a minute, led to Ianis Hagi cutting it back for the returning Ryan Jack to side foot home goal number four. Yes indeed Jack is Back with a thirty minute cameo well capable of pushing into the man of the match category, it was that good.
There was still time for Borna Barisic to assist for the thirteenth time as Connor Goldson stooped to head home number five with his eighth goal of the season.
It was a thoroughly delightful afternoon’s work and it probably should have been more. The only blip being another penalty miss but nothing overly thought provoking as we don’t want to get into a situation where responsibility is passed around like the hot coffee on a training ground morning. In all honesty Rangers were a bounce or pass away from this being another Hamilton type destruction. Given County actually gave it a shot I am more than happy with what we got and the words of the opposing manager welcomed in a nice touch of respect.
We now head to Hibs on Wednesday night in a very tough match to round off our January fixtures for a month that we were told spelt danger throughout, has actually led Rangers to double our advantage from seven to fourteen points, if our nearest rivals win their games in hand which is a huge if to be honest given the last time they won a game it was a different calander year.
Rangers have been three years in the making to get to this point. There is no conspiracies or mystery to how it has happened, the truth is actually quite clear for everyone.
We have a board which was prepared to front load investment and be aggressive in backing the manager in the transfer market. The levels that they have went too, from Dave King and Paul Murray to John Bennet and Douglas Park, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Everyone of them and everyone in between, have been an absolute God send and rescued this club from average existence to pushing for the ultimate greatness.
They have aggressively pushed for that to happen. The appointments of Mark Allen and Ross Wilson have given us a football department which has evolved into a slick operation that allows the manager to flourish. Commercially they have appointed a man in James Bisgrove hungry to strangle every penny into the club he can with more deals than we can count. He has grown our brand again towards something we can be proud. Sure I was never Mark Allen’s biggest fan and I have called James Bisgrove out over the start of the Castore deal issues, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the job they do or parts of what they have done in the past.
The scouting and youth department are now bearing fruit with youngsters like Leon King, Nathan Patterson, Ciaran Dickson and Kai Kennedy beginning to shine through. As well as reported targets like Scott Wright being cherry picked for windows and seasons to come so that we are one step ahead.
Rangers are also off the front pages with Ibrox quiet of controversy and the kind of headlines we are seeing elsewhere.
Rangers are a well oiled machine and collectively acting like the big club we are.
It’s nothing but hard work and years of belief, investment and dedication that has brought us here.
A management team dedicated in it’s philosophy to bring us to where we are now. Coaching and tactical astuteness has brought the best out of our Borna Barisic, Connor Goldon’s and Ryan Jack’s of our team.
There is no secret to what we have done.
The fact is all those who has sniped and sneered at Rangers throughout the years are looking rather silly now.
You see, you can delete all the tweets you want but the arrogant stupidity will always be there. ‘I’m here for ten for a start’. Aye no bother.
As a fanbase we deserve our moment and let’s hope the team kick on to bring home number 55 this season. Every single one of us should enjoy this and stick with the club as we go towards bigger things, we have waited for a long time for these moments.
Bring it home Rangers
Good luck to the team and management going into the next big game on Wednesday. Congratulations also on 150 games in charge of our club. It has had moments of greatness and moments of hurt but a journey we have all thoroughly enjoyed. Steven Gerrard may be a legend on Merseyside but he and his management team are about to experience the ultimate in status should we deliver what we are charging towards. They deserve every praise possible.
Gerrard really is the one.
Stay safe and enjoy your beverage of choice
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