How Rangers Can Lift the SPL
As things stand in the Scottish Premier League Celtic and Rangers are neck and neck on 34 points each in what is going to be the most exciting finish to a season we have seen for some time. The distance between the two Glasgow sides and 3rd placed Aberdeen is 9 points, which is why we can expect a straight shoot out between the two sides for the title. Novibet sports betting and other bookmakers currently have Celtic as slight favorites to win the title, but there is nothing to suggest that Rangers and Steven Gerrard can’t lift their first SPL title since 2011, and here is how they can do it.
Morelos and Defoe
One of the most important factors behind Ranger’s chance of winning the title this season will come down to their two hitmen in Jermaine Defoe and Alfredo Morelos. Both strikers are on fire this season and it is absolutely essential that manager Steven Gerrard does everything that he can to make sure that they stay free from injury. Whilst an injury can never be totally prevented, smart management in terms of resting them each will be the best way that they can both stay in top shape until the end of the season, and this will be a campaign which goes right to the death.
4 Points From the Old Firm Games
Rangers were beaten well by Celtic at Ibrox back in September with the Gers ending up with just 10 players on the field in the 0-2 defeat, they can’t afford to let that happen again. Rangers had the advantage at the start of the season with 2 home games against Celtic, but given that they lost the first they must ensure that they win both home and away. The Old Firm games offer the potential of a 6 point cushion for either side if they win both, but that seems to be unlikely for either side. It is essential therefore that Steven Gerrard’s team gets at least 4 points from those games, opening up a 3 point gap on their rivals. The last game is the 3rd to last game of the season, played at Ibrox, and that will be one of the most important games in the side’s recent history.
Win the League Cup
A win in the league cup final will also be a huge mentality boost for Rangers and that is one of those games which will fall squarely into the ‘must-win’ category. This game is bigger than just seeing who will lift the trophy, it is a game where the winner will also gain momentum in the league.
If there is one thing which Rangers have that Celtic don’t, it is togetherness, a united group of players who all believe in each other. Celtic clearly has a fractured group which we all saw after they bombed out of the Champions League, and this may very well be the crack in the armor that Rangers need to finally lift the title once again.