The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has claimed that Wednesday night’s defeat to St Mirren has ‘the potential to unravel things’ at Rangers this season.
Writing for The Athletic after the game, Campbell explained to supporters why he thinks there could be more to this defeat than merely a cup exit, saying: “It has the potential to unravel things but after such a good start it would be rash to start predicting a collapse.”
Responding to another supporter as part of his post-match coverage, Campbell added: “If Celtic win at the weekend all of a sudden the narrative has completely flipped. Imperative they respond like they did after the cup final loss in January but, again, how long it lingers is the big question.”
The 3-2 loss at St Mirren was the club’s first defeat of the season and it certainly came as a shock to supporters.
Gerrard named a relatively strong side, but the Gers were missing key players like Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos.
It represents a huge opportunity missed in the cup, with attention now quickly turning to Saturday’s league game against Motherwell.
Reaction is key
Campbell makes an excellent point about the immediate future of Rangers’ season, with the clash against Motherwell now becoming a huge moment in the campaign.
With the Hoops not in league action until next Wednesday, Rangers have an opportunity to smash any confidence the latter may gain through a cup win on Sunday.
By the time Neil Lennon’s side face Ross County on Wednesday, they could be 16 points behind the Gers.
For Rangers, the focus now has to be getting as many points as possible on the board before the Old Firm derby at the beginning of January.
If the reaction from the players is spot on, the Gers could give themselves an uncatchable lead by the time the two teams meet at the start of the new year.
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