As many will have heard by now, Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has claimed that “next season” will be their time.
It comes a day after the warning shot by Dave King to Celtic, which pundit Michael Stewart brilliantly put down last night.
So all of this means that it must be season-ticket renewal time at Ibrox. Let’s be honest, the delusional optimism from Ibrox usually comes later in the year. And it’s usually from James Tavernier too, so it’s great to see Rangers using a new leading man for now.
If you haven’t seen or heard the Arfield comments, he spoke to Sky Sports about Rangers’ chances next year. You can watch the video of his words below:
WATCH@RangersFC midfielder Scott Arfield says winning a trophy "probably would've been a bonus" after a large turnover in players & the club's European run this season.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) April 16, 2019
Nothing wrong with confidence, but don’t insult intelligence
Look, let’s strip the rivalry aspect of it out. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with outlining how confident you are for the coming season. It’s allowed – this is professional sport after all.
But Arfield and King are simply insulting people’s intelligence by twisting realism. To say Rangers winning a trophy this season would’ve been a bonus is a slap in the face to comments made earlier this season when they were still in the domestic competitions.
Last year, it was supposed to be this season that they were competing. The reality of the situation is this is all just fuel for Celtic to continue their tangible dominance of Scottish football.
To use examples of one-off games with each other as an example of progress is utterly absurd. Rangers have failed to do the business in the majority of their 33 games so far. Just because they haven’t been hammered 5-0 in every Glasgow derby doesn’t mean that they’re close to Celtic.
This Hoops side have been at their best when questions have been asked of them. They have become the masters of shoving words down rivals’ throats. Rangers and Aberdeen should know that all too well by now.
Should Celtic make it nine-in-a-row next season, you can bet it’ll be the season 2020/2021 in which Rangers will arrive. That’s just the narrative that football club has been stringing for a long time.
They’re Celtic’s closest challengers, of that there can be no denial. But, at the end of the day, they’re still 11 points behind the Hoops and getting set to watch Celtic lift their third consecutive treble.
But, of course, our rivals, like always, are only looking to seriously challenge next season.