Rangers are looking likely to finish the season as also-rans with Aberdeen set to become ‘best of the rest’ behind runaway champions Celtic. In all honesty the Light Blues weren’t expected to challenge the Hoops for the Scottish title although the manner in which they have failed miserably to give Brendan Rodgers’ side any meaningful opposition will be hard for Rangers fans to bear.
Perhaps it was to be expected. Celtic are by far and away the dominant force in the Scottish game and this will almost certainly prove to be the case for the foreseeable future, however this is a hugely unhealthy position for the domestic football scene and one which needs to change. How will it change? That has been a long-asked question. Talk of the Old Firm leaving the Scottish Premiership and moving to the Premier League regularly becomes a topic of conversation although whilst Celtic could probably hold their own in the English top-flight as things stand, we feel that Rangers would perhaps struggle in the Championship if truth be known.
Scottish football would almost certainly be worse-off were the two Glasgow giants to leave, however it would at least make the top-flight more competitive. Aberdeen, St Johnstone or Hearts could all realistically be in with a chance of winning the title, wouldn’t that be more preferable to Celtic winning it year-in year-out? Hoops fans would probably disagree.
Either way, no such plans exist at the moment and we just need to accept things as they are. The Hoops stormed to the title with nothing in the way of real opposition, Aberdeen look quite happy to accept second place and to be honest, Rangers have done pretty well to finish third in what has been a competitive Premiership. The Gers will be looking to assure themselves of a Europa League qualifying round position by getting the better of Partick Thistle at Firhill on Saturday afternoon, however what are their chances?
Pretty good. Partick haven’t beaten Rangers at any point during the past 24 years or so and we don’t envisage this situation changing on Saturday afternoon. The Light Blues may well be miles behind Celtic at the moment but they are a sizeable gap above the Jags and this will become apparent once again when the teams lock horns in Maryhill. Partick faced Rangers at Ibrox just three weeks ago with the hosts running out 2-0 winners and we’ll be going for another Gers win-to-nil on this occasion. It won’t do much to help Rangers close the gap on second-placed Aberdeen but it will be a welcome victory after back-to-back drubbings by Celtic.