In Scotland the duopoly is gaining strength again due to the patient work of Steven Gerrard and a staff that has quality pieces in the figures of Tavernier, Hagi, Kent, Morelos or Defoe, among others. Rangers look in the rearview mirror at their great rival, Celtic, six points behind after losing the ‘Old Firm’ and drawing with Aberdeen. The ‘hoops’ have one game less and the distance could be less.
In any case, Rangers placing first in the Scottish championship seems like a thing from another time. They go for ten seasons in which Celtic have dominated Scottish football with an iron fistFirst because of the serious financial and institutional crisis of his adversary, then because of his slow recovery, finally because, after all, Brendan Rodgers and now Neil Lennon, as well as their predecessors, had done a good job.
But the Rangers are showing signs of being who they were. The last time the team at Ibrox Park, now Ibrox Stadium, took him out 6 points or more to Celtic It was on matchday 15 of the season 11-12. In fact, that course came to be 9 points ahead. Even with the lesser asterisk of the game that so-called Catholics have, it is the latest precedent that puts Rangers ahead of their great rival, notes ProFootballDB.
Of course it is not a pleasant memory. That same season, Rangers suffered a very serious crisis that led to its liquidation and even the name change, now The Rangers Football Club. The refusal of the institutes forced Rangers FC to compete from the fourth division of Scotland. They returned to the first category of the country in 2016.
Four years later, Rangers, led by Gerrard since 2018, are back on their own terms and face the future with optimism. Their numbers invite you to dream (James Tavernier is one of the 100 players with the highest ELO in the world), beyond the leadership remembering dark times.