Though the campaign started quite well for the Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern, things have turned sour of late.
Indeed, Pedro Caixinha is yet to win a big game in the eyes of many here in our bar and the major squad overhaul he presided over has yet to wholly convince the punters.
So, comments from a former Ibrox chief have barely come as a surprise.
Alex McLeish has backed another of his former clubs – Aberdeen – to pip the Gers to second place this season once again. The Dons have proved to be Celtic’s major title rivals in the last few years and ‘Big Eck’ doesn’t seem to think that will change.
“I see the Dons being second,” the 58-year-old told BBC Radio Scotland.
“Derek McInnes has made good acquisitions and it is there for Rangers to try to usurp him.”
“I still think Aberdeen are the favourites. They still have a really good chance of finishing second.
“Derek McInnes has bought wisely again. If you look at the guys he’s recruited, there is good experience there. Stevie May – what a buy that is.
“Being first, that’s the only thing that Rangers fans crave but common sense would tell you that they should be accepting second.
“People talk about ‘let’s stop 10 in a row’. They’ve got to stop seven in a row. That is their mission this season.
“I’ve said Aberdeen could finish above them but Rangers have still got to pull out all the stops to try to beat Celtic this season.”
Derek McIness’ side already hold a five-point gap on their bitter rivals, despite losing Ryan Jack to Rangers over the course of the summer.
Though our resident Gers don’t want to agree with him, they reckon the former Scotland manager is talking sense.
Not finishing second would be a disaster for Rangers. Indeed, with Hibernian also looking pretty strong, even finishing in the top three is no guarantee at Ibrox.
Sadly for them, McLeish is probably right.
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