Three reasons why Sunday is Rangers’ biggest match in close to a decade
Not since 1st May 2008 have Rangers fans gone into a match with as much anticipation as Sunday’s semi-final against Celtic at Hampden. That was the night they travelled to Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup semi-final with the tie poised at 0-0, needing some sort of result to make their first European final since 1972, which they duly managed.
Since then there have been highs, three SPL titles in a row for instance, and lows, having to rebuild almost everything from the bottom tier of Scottish football.
No match though has had quite as much on the line as this weekend’s match. On their promotion to the Scottish Premiership last summer, many fancied Rangers to be a lot more competitive than they’ve turned out to be. Mark Warburton failed to cope with the challenge of Celtic, faltering on multiple occasions before eventually departing.
It leaves the Hoops on the brink of an unprecedented season, not only having the chance to win a rare domestic treble of trophies, but also go the entire campaign undefeated.
Rangers are one of the few teams remaining standing in their way and supporters have a desperate need for their team to produce one incredible 90 minutes and burst the Brendan Rodgers bubble.
Here are three reasons why this game is the biggest since that fateful night in Florence…