Hibs came to Ibrox last night and tore apart a Rangers team in a blistering first half performance.
The half-time whistle has surely never been so welcome as it was an absolute rampage by Hibs, who looked likely to continue the rout.
The result was not the most significant thing last night, however.
What was the most significant thing was the perceptible change in the atmosphere. It was like a big penny had dropped and everybody in the stadium finally realised the cold hard truth:
It isn’t going to get any better.
This management team is simply incapable of molding these players into a credible contender for the Premiership. The proof is how much they are toiling – and already well adrift – in the Championship.
At this rate, Rangers’ best hope is a shot at the play-offs. And in this critical season, where progress is absolutely imperative, that is not acceptable.
At least three of the players on display in the famous light blue looked as if they had absolutely no clue as to what position they were supposed to be playing. The tactics were naive, the team shape indiscernible and the leadership completely lacking, both on the pitch and from the sidelines. Hibs dismantled Rangers with an ease that should concern every bluenose.
Of course, Rangers are capable of winning games and putting in some decent displays. They have done so already this season. But it is the underpinning weakness that is the problem. When they come up against an opposition which is proving tough to break down, there is a deeply worrying lack of nous in the dugout to change things around.
I watched Hearts get taken to the cleaners by a poor Celtic team last week and there is no doubt that Hearts are the best team in Rangers’ division. This is the gap that must be filled and what is really disappointing is not that there is such a gap but that it is becoming increasingly clear that the present Rangers management team do not have what is required to even come close to filling that gap.
Rangers are already lagging behind and this just piles the pressure on for every game. This pressure is clearly already getting to some of the players and it is hard to see how this will get any better.
The big keeper is simply not Rangers class and Mohsni is a Bombscare Bertie who does nothing but destabilise the team. Boyd and Miller have proven to be ineffectual buys so far. But you could go through the whole team.
Aird and Templeton had an impact when they came on but it was a big ask of them to drag the team back from a 3-0 deficit.
It’s not a pleasant sound hearing thousands of Rangers fans booing their team but there was very little to cheer. Last night’s dire display has done nothing to dispel the gloom hanging around Ibrox, with off-field issues still very much a cause for concern. A winning team is always a great tonic for such off-field troubles but loyal Gers fans are unable to enjoy that.
Rangers don’t have their troubles to seek but both on and off the pitch strong leadership would go a long way to dispelling those troubles.