Quick links

Rangers

Kris Commons comments on Rangers' ruthless mentality after weekend results

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his first goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers went top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday after a 5-0 win at Ibrox.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his first goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has compared the current Rangers team to successful 'Invincibles' Celtic side that dominated Scottish football in the 2016/17 season, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (07/10 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16).

The Ibrox side went top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday after two successive weeks of dropped points at the Hoops, thrashing Hamilton 5-0 in the process.

Subscribe

Scoring 26 goals and conceding just five in eight games, they are setting quite the pace at the top of the table.

For Commons, it's a sign of their ruthless mentality, noting that the current scoring rate is above that of Brendan Rodgers' famous treble winners during his debut season at the club.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (07/10 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16), he said: "Gerrard’s men have fired 26 goals in their eight league games so far. That works out at an average of 3.25 goals per game.

"For some context, when Celtic swept all before them in the Invincible season under Brendan Rodgers, they scored 106 league goals at an average of 2.79 per game.

"Rangers are setting a blistering pace in the scoring charts and there’s no telling just how important goal difference might be at the end of the season. There’s a ruthless mentality around them at the moment, which will be stemming from the manager."

 

Are Rangers the real deal this season?

The fact they are top of the league in early October is certainly a surprise, especially when you take into account Celtic's victory at Ibrox last month. Commons is right to suggest they've shown a real ruthless edge against other teams in the Scottish Premiership.

It's worth noting that the Gers haven't played any top six teams away from home in the league yet, with Celtic making trips to Govan and Livingston already.

However, confident victories against Aberdeen and Hibernian do show that they are more than capable of racking up goals against the apparent bigger and better teams in the division.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Obviously any comparison to Rodgers' treble winners is fanciful right now, but Commons did demonstrate just what kind of pace Gerrard's team are setting.

If they can maintain this between now and the winter break, they'll be taken a lot more seriously.

What's certain is that Celtic can't afford to drop many more points with their rivals in this kind of form.

There's a long way to go in the Scottish Premiership yet.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch