This has been yet another utterly predictable season in the Scottish top-flight and despite the return of Rangers after an absence of some four seasons, Celtic surprised no-one by once again sleepwalking to the Premiership title with little in the way of real opposition.
Indeed the Hoops look set to complete their campaign with not a single domestic defeat to their name and such utter dominance does little to enhance the Scottish game. Rangers provided no meaningful opposition whatsoever and despite many claiming the the Light Blues have shown signs of improvement throughout the course of the season, this claim was blasted out of the water by their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Celtic at Ibrox last month.
All that is left for Rangers to do now is to restore a modicum of pride by managing a trio of victories in their remaining three games. With nine points separating the Gers from second-placed Aberdeen and three games left to play, there is no chance of the Glasgow side leapfrogging the Dons in the table, especially as the latter enjoy a far better goal difference. Instead third place is the best that they can achieve, whatever happens between now and the end of the season.
Indeed whilst this may be somewhat painful for the fans to accept, the stark fact is that Rangers are miles behind their Old Firm rivals and few really expected them to mount a genuine title challenge at any rate. Third-place isn’t a bad result in their first season back in the top-flight and one feels that they will improve upon this in 2017/18.
Looking at this weekend’s clash, Heart of Midlothian were once amongst the challengers for a top-two finish but they hit a sticky patch and with little left to play for, we’re not really expecting a spirited display from the Jambos. The last meeting between the sides ended in a 4-1 win for Hearts at Tynecastle although this is far removed from what we’re expecting at Ibrox this weekend.
A Rangers victory looks a mere formality on this occasion given their excellent home form this season and whilst Hearts should get their name onto the scoresheet, the Light Blues will restore some pride by following their 2-1 win at Partick with a second successive victory in their penultimate home game of the campaign.