Rangers preview…By: Ian | October 22nd, 2010
So then, here it is. The first time both sides have been going in to an Old Firm game on eight wins out of eight. Amazingly, given the doom and gloom around the Celts at the start of the season (and the other lot, to an extent) both sides go into this on a high. Rangers are, though we’d rather not admit it, looking rather good in the Champions League, and the SPL, whilst Lennon’s team are simply unstoppable in the SPL.
The reaction of the players and the staff at the end of the game at Tannadice last Sunday tells you how big a win it was. There seems, to these eyes at least, a real togetherness among the Bhoys. Even Samaras!! While I’m still not convinced he’s a great footballer, Hooper excites me as a goalscorer pure and simple. The winner on Sunday was an impressively scruffy, studs in finish, which he celebrated like all poachers would. Love the squad number as well!!
Second guessing Lenny’s team this season has been a bit of a waste of time, in my experience. The back four should be fairly easy to call, but after that it’s a bit tricky. Walter Smith may well go for his usual ultra attacking, Brazil ‘70 4-5-1, which makes me wonder whether Neil won’t go for two up front, just to make sure we’re not over-run by their midfield. Especially with their Xavi and Iniesta-esque ability to keep possession and keep it moving forward…
I’m sure they would be delighted with a point, away from home and in the middle of their Champions League travails. We, on the other hand, might see this as a real chance to move clear at the top. Having said that, I do think a defeat, even at this stage, might be fatal, so would- through gritted teeth- take a point.