All eyes today will be on Sevco to see if they not only throw away their title challenge, but if the knives are drastically sharpened for Mark Warburton’s scalp.
Warbo is in a must win situation in front of Sevco’s restless support, containing a fickle breed of vandal, as Celtic Park’s facilities bare testament to.
A loss or a draw against the Dingwall men and Sevco’s premiership goose will be cooked.
They face Aberdeen away the week after then Hearts home and away with Aberdeen in between, before Celtic coming knocking at Ibrox on New Years for the very first time.
They also face very difficult trips to Inverness, Hamilton and St. Johnstone. They are not guaranteed points in any of those fixtures.
I would expect Sevco to beat Partick, Kilmarnock and Dundee between now and the Winter break.
Ross County is the banana skin for Sevco.
The Highlanders do not have a lot of resources but what they do have they use very well.
Sevco are the complete opposite in every sense.
The institution bigger than the Kirk hemorrhages money in all directions wastefully and has assembled a team that is light on discipline, fitness and understanding of individual roles within the team.
County have all of those in spades.
If the game at Ibrox today holds to the historical precedent of the Oldco years, it will be a derby hangover for Sevco.
Back in the day when Rangers lived, the pressure would often get to either team before a derby and they would drop the game before, the derby and the game after.
I think Ross County will make their point against a disjointed, slow and tactically frail Ibrox team.
Today Sevco are on 8 points from 5 games.
The artificially contrived draw has failed, as even Premiership Minnows have been taking points off Them.
Hamilton were the first to examine the Peepul’s Ibrox mettle.
They took a point from a deflated Sevco, deluding themselves that their badge would guarantee 3 points over the Premiership upstarts.
Now again Sevco are coming up against a team whose stadium fits inside theirs 8 times over, but they are far from guaranteed full points.
Sevco have displayed a lack of a plan B pretty much since O’Halloran horsed Sevco out of the League Cup last season.
The honeymoon came to an end and teams worked out that if you can stay in the contest you can earn points.
Much like Deila, Warbo doesn’t know how to use his bench effectively, which can be shown by the amount of times Sevco have had ample time to get a winner but failed.
Kilmarnock scored on 29 minutes giving them over an hour to get the 2 goals.
Greg Taylor was sent off on 62 minutes giving Sevco nearly half an hour with a man up and at that stage 1-1.
They of course scored from a set piece free kick.
Again highlighting their lack of creativity or options in open play.
Sevco are going to struggle against Ross County today.
They have weaknesses that can be exploited in the lack of fitness and sloppy tackling of Niko Kranjcar.
I expect County to run at and past him for an hour until they take him off as per usual.
Barton doesn’t have 90 minutes in him and isn’t welcome either.
Tavernier is never actually defending.
Wes Foderingham’s England chances aren’t spoken of much anymore.
Andy Halliday has gone from the next Messi to a bench player at a Newco.
All of a sudden they look just like the highly paid mince that ran with Elbows against Brechin City in 2012 as Sevco Scotland.
Dads army are 90 bad minutes of fitba and a wee twitter fiasco away from total implosion.
Mon the Staggies!