Only 1 point more than this time last season.

Corkinator

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We are definately playing to our strengths this season and look excellent all over the pitch,i have a great feeling about this season and reckon we could be double figures ahead come christmas!!
I don’t think septic will drop that many point tbh
 

Alex Venters

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Strength in depth is the big difference.
With respect to Jon Flanagan, we're not dipping too much in quality or shape when Borna misses out this season, whereas last season we basically gave up any pretence of attacking down that side if Borna wasn't playing last season. Likewise when Davis and Arfield ran out of gas, we used the Halliday's and Stewart's as replacements, now it's Aribo and hopefully Zungu......that's the big difference.
 

Alex Venters

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It’s that number that has me wondering why we are getting too excited and promoting this idea that the tarriers are in a meltdown?

We have started well, but as we well know, you win %^*& all now.

Marathon, not a sprint, and we should really not get too far ahead of ourselves.

We will also go through a period of poor performances. Grinding out results will be required and that’s what will separate the good from the bad come May.
I get where you're coming from, but I'll take any chance I get to lay into these people.
 

CaptainWallace

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I get where you're coming from, but I'll take any chance I get to lay into these people.

Of course, what’s written on a message board has no bearing on where the team or the title end up, but I do worry for some, they’re getting way ahead of themselves.

I’m not sure how a loss and a draw back to back, quite has them in the tail spin that some describe.
 

Arminius

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I haven’t researched this to back it up so feel free to batter in, :)) , but I’ve a feeling our schedule of fixtures was tougher this season than last.

Also, I definitely feel our goal threat comes from more areas this season than last and we are no longer utterly relying on Alfie.

All that said, we absolutely MUST keep our focus all the way to May. We’ve won nothing yet.
 

Kowloon72

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This is more what I meant last year we were giving chances away even if we ended the fans convincing winners this year i don't think we have got peak form yet but our control in games is such that we seem to be better.

The best comparison is that we are very smith like in that we are going to get the points nothing else matters.

We will get better I think as the year goes on

Good example is the Hibs 6-1 win. We missed a shed load of chances to put that game out of sight, and it actually got pretty nervy for a while before our third and floodgates opened. (Vague memories of hibs hitting the bar).
 

ronadamus_prime

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A lot of that was Alfredo Morelos, not all, but a lot of it was. The fact we are playing as well as we have without Morelos firing, tells its own story. If he can get his head right and find his shooting boots, then we are laughing.
 

Bigbluebear

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Celtics dropped points arent the big issue for them, its more that they have been terrible in nearly every game.

They have struggled in every single away game and its taken late goals in many of them to get a win. Dundee United and St Johnstone were both minutes away from more dropped points. Minutes away from extra time against some Bosnian team. Knocked out the CL again by a 3rd rate side. Their defence is shambolic and they are all over the place any time somebody attacks them, and both their keepers are awful. Both signed for their ability with ball at feet but barely ever make a save.

If they don't sort themself out pronto they will drop more points before we play them again. We just need to take it one game at a time and keep winning.
 

deamcloughlin

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The truth is they only dropped points in 4 of 30 games last season. It's already 3 this season in 11 games.

On the other hand, if we replicated our performance this season and extrapolated that out to 30 games we would be on the same 80 points as they were when the league was called.

There's positives and negatives whatever way you look at it. But for me the big thing is that since we've come back up our longest winning run in the league (as fas as I can see) is 6 games from 03/04/19 against Hearts to 12/05/19 against Celtic.

We need to put runs of 8, 10, 12 games together because they've shown they can. Even if they're rotten now.

That's where it'll be won for me
 

Ranger1003

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Listen guys im not blind enough to see that our squad is in a better place than last year. Only a fool would say different. But be cautious we are 1 defeat away from them right on our tails. As i was once told actions speak louder than wprds and at the moment we are getting pkenty of action. Long may it continue.
 

tomvallance1983

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I think the difference seems to be they don’t seem to be as good as they were last season which is giving us a lift. However the logic seems to so far have been

Kilmarnock 1-1 Celtic: Here comes 55
Livingston 0-0 Rangers: Same old shit as last season, can’t break teams down, bottled it.
Hibs 2-2 Rangers: Gerrard out
Celtic 0-2 Rangers: here comes 55 again.
Aberdeen 3-3 Celtic: Lets build a statue to Dave King.
 

DougieJones

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It does seem that our manager & coaching team have progressed too DZ.

Nice subtle little shape changes have made us less predictable, as well as obviously the deeper squad giving us something different for opposition to cope with.
Also, re last seasons collapse, the injuries to our two full backs seem to have been completely forgotten. Tav and Borna out, Flanagan and Halliday in - is it any wonder we toiled? Morelos out for ages too. Not saying we weren’t culpable, but our luck was zero. Haven’t even mentioned the refereeing - winner disallowed for f.uck all at Rugby Park for example.
 

Grigo Yossarian

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Also, re last seasons collapse, the injuries to our two full backs seem to have been completely forgotten. Tav and Borna out, Flanagan and Halliday in - is it any wonder we toiled? Morelos out for ages too. Not saying we weren’t culpable, but our luck was zero. Haven’t even mentioned the refereeing - winner disallowed for f.uck all at Rugby Park for example.

Absolutely agree DJ.

The refereeing is a completely different but massive issue on its own, but you’re 100% right about Tav & Borna.

To be honest, I still think there’s a gap there despite Bassey & Patterson being real talents.

We’re it not this pandemic I would have been hoping for a guy who Was 2 footed & could Cover them both.
 

joseph

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Strength in depth is the big difference.
With respect to Jon Flanagan, we're not dipping too much in quality or shape when Borna misses out this season, whereas last season we basically gave up any pretence of attacking down that side if Borna wasn't playing last season. Likewise when Davis and Arfield ran out of gas, we used the Halliday's and Stewart's as replacements, now it's Aribo and hopefully Zungu......that's the big difference.
This is absolutely spot on - we lost Helander early December and then Morelos through suspensions and injuries and a drop of form due to constant reshuffling of players to try and fit in was detrimental to our style of play and our confidence suffered and we lost the ability to win comfortably with the lack of quality from the squad being a major factor- the depth of quality is here this season and we do not rely on one or two players now like we did last season
 

Spart7

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Of course, what’s written on a message board has no bearing on where the team or the title end up, but I do worry for some, they’re getting way ahead of themselves.

I’m not sure how a loss and a draw back to back, quite has them in the tail spin that some describe.
Switch that around. If we lost on the back of the livi draw, for example, this forum would be toxic and absolute carnage with everyone under fire. We'd be out the league already, hopeless, not learnt any lessons, gerrard out, etc. Yet, not saying you, the same people are preaching wounded animal, they are still the champs etc. Annoys me tbh.
 

barrheadbear

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I’m pretty sure last season we scraped quite a few games, last min goals, this year we look so comfortable

Our only last minute winner was on the opening day, Goldson's header at Rugby Park.

We had disappointingly lost at home to Scum but otherwise we were playing as well as we are currently and scoring freely, we had scored a combined 16 goals in 3 home games against Hibs, Aberdeen and Hamilton.

This season we have tightened up defensively and although our goals are shared more amung the players I don't think we are giving teams the hammerings our play at times deserves. Obviously Alfie's drop in form has a lot to do with this.

It won't make or break our season but if we leave Rugby Park on Sunday with 3 pts it will be a massive monkey off our backs and even I, the biggest Rangers pessimist going, might start to believe that our players have finally cast off that mental block that has brought our title hopes crashing in each of the past two seasons.
 
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Punt13

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The big thing for me is we've cut out a lot of mistakes in the final third and defending better as a whole team. We were always prone for gifting an easy chance to score.

Only conceding in two league matches is a fantastic achievement and keeping clean sheets will win us nearly every game.
 

TW1988

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We just look a completely different animal this season, and the strength in depth is scary as well!
 

devilman

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We started last season quite well. However, it dipped off massively. I think the current squad are stronger and more able to see tough games out. Also, have a bit more dig in them to go and get a result when something isn't working.

I just hope we keep this going throughout the season this time and not let the arse fall out our campaign like last time.
 

Sir Walter’s Warriors

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Even including our dip last season, our average points per game would have seen us finish with 87/88 points had the season finished. That would have been enough to win the title in quite a few seasons last decade. The big difference so far is how they have started. Far too early to call yet but at least we have a basis for hope!
 

Sir Walter’s Warriors

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Strength in depth is the big difference.
With respect to Jon Flanagan, we're not dipping too much in quality or shape when Borna misses out this season, whereas last season we basically gave up any pretence of attacking down that side if Borna wasn't playing last season. Likewise when Davis and Arfield ran out of gas, we used the Halliday's and Stewart's as replacements, now it's Aribo and hopefully Zungu......that's the big difference.
Flanagan ended up being a very poor signing all round, for context - given his personal history I never thought we should be signing him anyway, didn’t like him representing our club, but at least if he had done well you could have tried to separate the man from the player.

However, he didn’t suit our system (attacking full backs), he just wasn’t very good full stop, he was presumably on quite high wages, he didn’t get us a transfer fee when he left, and even in what you might call the greatest successes in his time at Rangers (qualifying for the Europa Group stages in 1st year then getting to the last 16 the following season) he got sent off in our pivotal match against Ufa and then didn’t play at all in the following season group stage. Yes he was backup for Borna when he wasn’t on form but honestly we should have just played Halliday.
 

Alex Venters

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Flanagan ended up being a very poor signing all round, for context - given his personal history I never thought we should be signing him anyway, didn’t like him representing out club, but at least if he had done well you could have tried to separate the man from the player.

However, he didn’t suit our system (attacking full backs), he just wasn’t very good full stop, he was presumably on quite high wages, he didn’t get us a transfer fee when he left, and even in what you might call the greatest successes in his time at Rangers (qualifying for the Europa Group stages in 1st year then getting to the last 16 the following season) he got sent off in our pivotal match against Ufa and then didn’t play at all in the following season group stage. Yes he was backup for Borna when he wasn’t on form but honestly we should have just played Halliday.
I can't disagree.
 

Unicorn

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We look like we believe we can win the league this season. I'm not sure we did last season, or any season since we came back up.
 

J Dawg

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The reason it seems more than a point is because of the way we are playing.
Add that to the fact they are dropping points and all things look very good.
 

mummymonkey

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We look like we believe we can win the league this season. I'm not sure we did last season, or any season since we came back up.

I think some of the problem last season was some thought we'd already wrapped it up when we beat them at new year.
 
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