Sunday's victory only the first step for Rangers' promotion hopes.
Rangers’ win at Easter Road has shown that they can play, but it hasn’t proved anything yet.
Although they did play considerably better than in previous games, Sunday’s opposition didn’t really show up, and allowed Rangers to impose themselves on the match without much of a fight.
Stuart McCall’s men must aim for consistency now and use the confidence from this vital win against Hibernian to move forward and dominate teams below them, like their next opponents Cowdenbeath.
The Gers haven’t won back-to-back games since November, and just as drawing games has been a hard habit to shake, winning games will be an even harder one to adopt. The next game provides a brilliant opportunity for McCall’s men to come out as clear winners before they play Hearts and Queen of the South, with momentum a valuable tool when nothing but wins will do.
It’s hard to imagine that McCall will abandon the new 3-5-2 system after such a successful first outing, bringing the best out of Lee Wallace as well as a strong team performance, but while it suited playing against Hibernian’s diamond midfield, it could leave the Light Blues vulnerable against other teams that play different systems.
Anything other than promotion will be considered failure for the Gers and any suggestion that another year in the Scottish Championship would be beneficial, such as those from ex-Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, should be shunned by every Rangers fan out there.
The mindset of the Rangers players should be firmly set on finishing second after Sunday’s result, with any suggestion of finishing outside the play-off places banished from their minds.
As a team they showed they are more than capable of promotion at Easter Road, now they need to replicate that performance and prove they are capable by starting next season as a Scottish Premiership team.