Kris Boyd has suggested that the temporary removal of the winter break for the up and coming season may just benefit Rangers because they can ‘stay at home’, as he told Sky Sports News (06/07/20 at 10:40 am).
During the past two seasons, both Celtic and Rangers have been pretty close together heading into the winter break. But after the split, the Bhoys have steamrolled all before them, whilst their rivals have capitulated.
Ahead of the new season, Boyd was asked what Gerrard needs to change ahead of the new season.
“I think he [Gerrard] needs to stay at home in January because whatever happens any time Rangers seem to go away for that winter break, with that not being there this year, so that won’t be the case, so they’ll be staying at home,” Boyd told Sky Sports.
“I think if Rangers start the way they did last season. Obviously, they had that defeat to Celtic early doors. But then they went on a run. The consistency from both Old Firm clubs last season was unbelievable. Right up until that last game, for Rangers anyway, against Celtic before the split.
“It’s really important that Rangers can continue that for the full season. That has been their problem. Consistency. I think there’s been maybe a drop in form or a loss of confidence within the group since they have come back from that winter break. Rangers won’t have that this year. They will be staying at home.
“Hopefully, for everyone associated with Scottish football, we can have a title challenge next season. Rangers pushing Celtic all the way. When they come up against Celtic 11 v 11. They can win those games. But sometimes Rangers need to find a way of grinding out results.”
This is the season that will go down in the history books because of what is at stake for both Old Firm clubs.
On one hand, Rangers are vying for their first title under Gerrard and their first title in a decade. But, on the other hand, Celtic are looking for that historic 10 in a row.
The tension and the heat has been ramping up in Scotland during the past two seasons, but it may well hit its highest point during the up and coming campaign.