Beware the wounded beast, but which one?
Rangers might have been in the headlines for an unacceptable run of domestic form since the turn of the year, but they had still recorded wins in more than half of their fixtures in all competitions to that point, including getting to the last 16 of the Europa League.
A kind of record that the Staggies could only dream of matching.
Ross County’s form hadn’t been too bad by their own recent standards, with a couple of big wins in February, but some heavy defeats since have allowed the teams at the very bottom of the division to creep towards them.
County showed Rangers too much respect in the first half as there wasn’t much quality shown from the visitors, who looked devoid of confidence after failing to score recently.
In the second half County had their best chances in the first 10 minutes or so, with some good work setting up the returning Ross Stewart before firing over the goal. County’s shape was good and despite some incessant pressure they managed to get plenty of bodies between the ball and the goal-line. Unfortunately, the deadlock was broken by a deflected shot.
There are three fixtures before the league splits, but from my point of view the split starts now, with all of County’s remaining fixtures coming against sides in the bottom half of the table.