Journalist Andrew Dickson evoked a mixture of optimistic and pessimistic reaction from a number of Rangers fans on social media after a tweet he posted about the club’s Premiership title hopes this season (via @mrandrewdickson).
Keen to hear from Rangers fans who still have faith the title can be won. The last month has been so damaging but we've seen dramatic comebacks before – would it be foolish to say it's over already? One Celtic defeat other than in the derby could make it interesting… https://t.co/nLb56OExa5
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) February 17, 2020
He told Love Sport Radio (@lovesportradio) that Steven Gerrard’s side “just have to hang in there” as they seek to overturn a 10-point deficit on leaders Celtic with just a third of the season remaining, albeit with a game in hand on Neil Lennon’s team. The ‘Gers were only two points off the lead during the winter break but defeats at Hearts and Kilmarnock, along with a home draw against Aberdeen, have seen them lose ground while Celtic have won every game they’ve played so far in 2020.
Even if they win their game in hand and also triumph in the next two Glasgow derbies, Rangers would still need their rivals to drop points at least once to get ahead of them, as well as ensuring they don’t slip up. It seems a tall order for Gerrard’s men, although the Ibrox club have previous when it comes to improbable league triumphs – in 2005, they overturned a two-point final day deficit to claim the title after Celtic lost late on to Motherwell (as per BBC).
Dickson’s tweet prompted polarised reaction from these Rangers fans, some of whom are keeping the faith while others think their title hopes have already disappeared:
Never over until its over. Unlikely, but we’ve been there before.
— Delboy (@delderek) February 17, 2020
It’s far from over. The Celtic dominated press would have you believe they’re unbeatable. Yes results have been good for them. Their performances suggest they could easily drop points. Aberdeen a case in point yesterday. But for the ref they’d have dropped points at Hamilton
— RyanClarkKent 1872 💎 (@1872Rck) February 17, 2020
Until the maths make winning the league impossible we keep going, there are plenty of twist and turns ahead and we play them twice before the split
Weve been poor so hopefully that patch is over and we continue to pick up as many points as possible until the end of the season
— Haggis (@thefamous1872) February 17, 2020
You’ve got to keep the faith, it’s not over until it’s been won. Celtic still have to travel to Livingston and Hibs which can be tricky away trips.
— This Is Ibrox (@thisisibrox) February 17, 2020
I want to believe.
With one defeat. I still had faith. Believed it was possible.
The defeat to Kilmarnock makes it a bridge too far.
If we had kept at them & perhaps got the game in hand done early. They’d have been more likely to trip up with fear. complacency is less likely
— edminstondrive11 (@edminstondrive1) February 17, 2020
Realistically, this team dont have it in them to win every game between now and the end of the season. Celtic will drop points at some point, but so will this Rangers side.
— Renegade (@Renegade_uk100) February 17, 2020
No faith at all. Refereeing disparities between the way Rangers and Celtic are treated has already put paid to a title challenge, and that won’t be changing any time soon.
— jtmb (@grumpymac) February 17, 2020
Mathematically still lots of points to be gained and lost, but I struggle to see any way in which we win the league on current form of both sides. We’ve blown it…again.
— Billy Ferguson (@bferguson4) February 17, 2020
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