Kris Boyd thinks the Ibrox club’s squad has run out of steam

In the post-mortem in the Sky Sports Scotland studio after Ross County’s phenomenal win over the second best team in the country, former Rangers striker Kris Boyd posed the question as to whether or not that the long season is finally beginning to catch up with Philippe Clement’s men and that the signs are now there after the past few weeks.

A frustrated Rangers fan alone in the stand after the final whistle. Final score Ross County 3 theRangers 2. Ross County v Rangers, Scottish Premiership, , Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall, UK – 14 April 2024. Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

James McFadden also pointed out that fact that theRangers were extremely poor in the first forty-five minutes of our Glasgow Derby match last weekend at Ibrox stadium, asking if the hunger and desire was still within the ranks to get this year’s Scottish Premiership title over the line. They were able to lift their game in the second period against Celtic last week, when Reo Hatate had to be taken off the pitch and an off the pace Callum McGregor was brought on later into the match too.

However, today they had no such luck and the County players looked well up for the fight. When it was 2-1, they were still eager to get forward and get more goals, instead of just trying to sit tight and see the game out. They could smell the blood and fear amongst theRangers team and decided to go for the kill at Victoria Park in Dingwall. They got their just rewards and made it 3-1, when not even another erroneous penalty decision could halt the tide for the Govan outfit.

Ross County interim manager Don Cowie looks towards theRangers manager Philippe Clement as the final whistle sounds. Clement did not shake hands with Cowie at full-time. photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

After a long and somewhat protracted season of football, we really are coming into the home stretch now and whilst one team is revitalised and full of energy with renewed vigour and confidence, another is falling slowly by the wayside as that title race begins to take it’s toll. Celtic will now hopefully have back all their main stars for the last five games – minus Daizen Maeda who unfortunately succumbed to a hamstring injury – whilst across the road that familiar feeling of exasperation is beginning to kick in.

Wednesday is massive for them now.

Paul Gillespie

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