It’s been one hell of a journey for Rangers, hasn’t it? Liquidation in 2012 then up from the third division to the Premiership in five seasons, but they’re yet to win a major trophy and the Scottish Cup would prove they’re truly back.
Since returning to the Scottish top division in 2016 they’ve reached the semi-finals of every League Cup and Scottish Cup they’ve played in, 5 in total. This year they’ve drawn Aberdeen in the quarter-finals and the replay is to be played next Tuesday at Ibrox, so it’ll be massive for the club and the fans alike.
Watching Celtic win the last seven Scottish Premierships, last two Scottish Cups and last three Scottish League Cups will have been a nightmare for the Gers, and Steven Gerrard will hope to end his club’s heartache this season to get the monkey off their backs. After the draw at Aberdeen on the weekend, his players will have the confidence they can win the tie and progress to the semi-finals.
Progression would not only mean a spot in the final four but confirm confidence that Rangers are moving in the right direction with Gerrard. They’ve finished third in each of their two seasons back in the top flight, but now sit second eight points above their Scottish Cup opponents who are third.
The gap between the top two that used to be clear before Rangers’ fall is now becoming closer again.
The distance between Celtic and the Gers is eight points too, so the gap is still there, but with Brendan Rodgers leaving it’s Rangers who appear to be the most organised team at the moment. All Gerrard and his team need to do now is add the Scottish Cup to their comeback climb and then next stop is the big one – the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers fans, would winning the Scottish Cup make this a good season? Do you think it can spark a more sustained title challenge next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…