In an article in the Evening Times last night, journalist Chris Jack stated that Graeme Murty and his team are "fighting for second place in the Premiership...in the second half of the season.
As a supporter, I have to take exception to this.
Rangers are currently in the middle of what looks like being an excellent transfer window. With Jason Cummings the latest to pose for pictures in a royal blue shirt, three players have now been added to the ranks and more are expected to follow; Russell Martin, Greg Docherty and Jordan Jones are all seriously linked with moves before the end of the window.
Not only that, the likes of O'Halloran, Halliday and Dodoo have returned from loan spells and miraculously Rangers have managed to temporarily ship out the runny-nosed Carlos Peña.
Before the transfer window opened, I would have probably agreed with Chris Jack. Based on some of the results and performances we endured before drawing against Celtic, I was fearing the worst for this squad under Graeme Murty. However, it's amazing what a few weeks can do for confidence, especially when your team are doing well in the transfer market. No drawn-out disappointing sagas in this window. Mark Allen and Graeme Murty mean business.
Unsurprisingly, the other Scottish clubs involved don't seem to like it. Good! They bloody well should be fearing Rangers coming knocking at their door to take their best players. No one likes us, we don't care.
Now that we're half way through the window I have to correct Chris Jack in his assertion that Graeme Murty's Rangers are "fighting for second". Chris, you really should know better.
Graeme Murty's Rangers are now fighting for first. They are fighting for 55.
Graeme may not have said so himself, but Jimmy Nicholl has made it abundantly clear in his interview on Rangers TV this week which you can view below:
Jimmy stated that when signing for Rangers, all players, coaches and managers have to aim to achieve something big. Signing for a big club and getting the big wages isn't enough for Jimmy, and you can be sure he will be telling every player that they have to go and win something now.
The Premiership is there for the taking. Celtic have dropped 13 points from the 20 games not against Rangers so far this season. Also importantly, Celtic have not improved their squad during this window, as yet. With 14 games to play against other teams (not including Rangers), you could suggest Celtic will drop another 7-9 points this season. With an 11 point lead, and 2 more games against Rangers which they will lose, the race for the title is definitely on.
This Rangers team now have the chance to achieve something incredible. They can win this league against all odds, and despite the opinions of journalists that should know better.
This Rangers team aren't fighting for second. They are fighting for 55.
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