The Old Firm derby usually dishes up plenty of action and excitement although this season it has been something of a damp squib, especially from Rangers’ point of view. The Light Blues have failed miserably to provide the Hoops with any meaningful opposition in the top flight and hardly surprisingly Brendan Rodgers’ men sailed into the sunset with the Scottish Premiership title in the bag some weeks ago.
Some 24 points currently separate Celtic from second-placed Aberdeen and this huge gap will undoubtedly widen before the curtain finally comes down on what has essentially been another utterly predictable campaign. Indeed Rangers themselves sit some nine points behind the Dons and given that they will be facing the champions at Ibrox on Saturday, we don’t expect to see this gap narrow.
Pedro Caixinha’s appointment as Rangers boss was expected to be accompanied with success and whilst a draw with Celtic in his first match in charge was a creditable enough result as was the 4-0 victory over Hamilton Academical, subsequent draws with Kilmarnock and Motherwell would perhaps suggest that much work remains to be done.
This was illustrated in the Scottish Cup semi-final clash last weekend at Hampden Park. Celtic were dominant from the outset and Rangers hardly managed a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes or so. A 2-0 win for the Hoops was flattering to Rangers in all honesty and one wonders what next season will bring.
As far as this season is concerned, Rangers will finish third behind Aberdeen and champions Celtic. Another predictable three points will come the Hoops’ way at Ibrox on Saturday and the season will slowly fizzle out.
Don’t expect anything different in 2017/18.