Even the football experts at the Daily Record can’t find a case for a home win against Napoli on Wednesday night.
When the white flag is raised by the Glasgow based publisher you know that things are grim at Ibrox. It seems that the ‘ah but we beat Dortmund’ card has been sullied by recent results.
Despite the death of a monarch and postponing the match away to Aberdeen Giovanni van Bronckhorst still has to get to work with a squad of players who’ve had their confidence destroyed by the reality checks delivered by Celtic and Ajax.
A disastrous transfer window hasn’t helped with only Antonio Colak starting regularly with the rest of the team made up of players bored by being in Scotland longer than planned or others running down their contracts to escape.
Looking towards the big match on Wednesday the Record reports:
Will Rangers get a positive result against Napoli?
Andy Newport: It’s hard to see how given the way confidence levels have collapsed and with Napoli on fire right now. But there’s always the Ibrox factor. Perhaps the fans can inspire their side to another big performance but as things stand even that seems a long shot.
Craig Swan: Unlikely. The one thing is Napoli are still gelling new players and might be hit and miss, but if they perform like they did against Liverpool, it is ominous for Rangers.
Fraser Wilson: The last two games should make this an easy answer – no. But if anything can lift Rangers out of their slumber it’s the Ibrox crowd. If not questions will be asked of the players and manager. A battling draw could give them a foothold.
Michael Gannon: It looks an ominous one after seeing what Napoli did to Liverpool. Rangers are at their best when they chips are down and the expectations low. A draw would be a superb result but a decent display could halt the slide.
Liverpool take on Ajax at Anfield tomorrow, away fans will be permitted with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to get off the mark in the Champions League before the Ibrox double-header.