Despite seeing his former club losing ground in the Scottish Premiership title race, ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd thinks that their disappointing result in midweek could have favourable consequences.
However, with the Glasgow pair set to face off in the Betfred Cup final on Sunday, Boyd thinks that the midweek result could sharpen Rangers’ focus for the game at Hampden Park this weekend.
He told Sky Sports: “It might just be a good result here – not in terms of the league – but for Sunday looking forward to that, Steven Gerrard can deliver the message of ‘if we are not on it then we are going to get punished again’.
“It might be a blessing in disguise here. They will still be raging that they dropped the points in the league but for the cup Gerrard can use this. He can refer back to this and you would think that Rangers would learn from their second-half performance.”
Boyd has a fair point when saying that the manner in which Rangers relinquished a position of dominance against Aberdeen should serve as a reality check ahead of the Betfred Cup final.
Gerrard’s team went into the match at Pittodrie off the back of an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions (now 12 games) and with nine wins from their previous 10 matches in the Premiership. [via TransferMarkt]
Aside from showing up the dangers of what can happen to Rangers if they drop their standards, Celtic’s imperious form should also be more than enough to ward off any hints of complacency.
The Hoops have won their last 11 matches in all competitions and showed enough resolve to react to conceding a 90th-minute equaliser against Hamilton on Wednesday by scoring a stoppage time winner (as per Sky Sports).
They also had the upper hand in the teams’ previous meeting this season, winning 2-0 at Ibrox in September.
Notwithstanding the midweek results, Rangers should already have had plenty of incentive for Sunday given that their rivals have won a domestic treble in each of the past three seasons.
Now, as Boyd has suggested, their setback at Aberdeen on Wednesday ought to have them even more focused and ready to deliver an emphatic response with the first piece of domestic silverware this season up for grabs and the opportunity to thwart their crosstown rivals in the process.
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