Thursday, June 30, 2022

Sinners to Saints

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The Highland Bear
Unashamedly watching the world through Blue tinted specs. Contributor to The 4th Official.

Champions always find a way of getting over the line. Sometimes you need to be Sinful to despatch a stuffy Saints side that were compact & organised. Set out to frustrate & for almost an hour, they did just that. That was until the Roofe caved in on them as the pendulum swung in our favour.

Make no mistake, Calum Davidson is a talented manager & will move on to bigger things. That’s no disrespect to his current club. One cup win, you could argue, has an element of luck. A double you have to respect & give credit where it’s due. That’s why this away win was all the more important.

No Connor Goldson today, which was remarkable considering it’s the first game he has missed in 2 years. A pairing of Helander & Balogun, the 2 heroes of the Old Firm, would be our defensive pairing.

I liked what I saw today. Resolve & steel – what some can say that we have lacked this season. Also, for the first time this season, we have responded to being a goal behind to win the match. Most of all, I loved the togetherness of this side. Alfie is certainly no Angel; however, the theatrics of the opposition were most definitely naughty.

A goal down and badly in need of some Divine intervention. Then you hear the words we all love. “Penalty to Rangers

As some may say, you have no idea how high this goes (literally).

Kemar Roofe, fresh from his 1st International cap, Devilishly dispatching the penalty to set the tone for a final battle in the McDiarmid Park trenches.

Step up the Captain. Much maligned at times, despite a phenomenal season. Our right-back swung his right foot with a finish that any striker would be proud of. A Godly top corner finish that cancelled out any hopes of a Saints comeback. Some would say that it’s a Goal truly out of this world By our skipper.

Sometimes you have to win Ugly. Not always pleasant viewing but the sign of a champion. Spirit and determination aplomb in this match. Some positives to take from this. Lundstram with a decent cameo appearance as he adjusts to our game. The same for Jack Simpson as well as Fashion Sakala. With Ianis Hagi to return, hopefully, we kick on and put a run together.

It’s a superb end to the week as we prepare to take on Lyon at Ibrox.

Togetherness is evident at this club from the staff, players and management. Add in the Rangers support. Take a bow. Magnificent numbers and voice as always. Off the field, a unity I have not seen in many years.

Our friends across the City now searching for a Chief executive whilst still no Director of football in place. First and foremost, I won’t speculate if, what or why. On a human level, all I will say is you can only wish good health.

If this were Rangers in this situation, some sections of the media would be demonising the club as we speak. As well as comments from the useful idiots that continue to tar all of us with the same brush. If ever the phrase “sounding like a broken record” was appropriate, it really is now. Pantomime would be taken more seriously right now than some MSM coverage.

The days of accepting sustained attacks are over. Hypocrisy will be highlighted. We will not allow others to attempt to hold our support to an almost impossible High standard while their own Moral compass appears to be in a state of systematic malfunction.

Nobody asked for a Trial by Twitter. However, the arrogance of those determined to play God with people’s lives may have created a different playing field. You reap what you sow. The Halo certainly slipping as the true colours of some are shown.

One game at a time, however, I have Faith and belief in this Team to deliver another successful season. Today is another step on that journey.

Once again, stay safe, stay humble & most of all, stay together. United we Stand has never been more apt as we follow our team.

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