There seems to be no end to the controversy that has clung so doggedly to Rangers for the last 12 months, with this week’s revelations that up to 67 players were seeking to take them to an employment tribunal for breaches of contract in the early days of Charles Green’s regime providing the latest instalment.
With the actions apparently being brought by PFA Scotland, without the consent of some of the players supposedly involved, the Rangers fans have been able to add the players’ union to their growing list of enemies.
The SFA, the SPL, HMRC, the BBC, the Scottish government, the print press, Craig Whyte, Dundee United, their ex-players and now the PFA are just a few of the people and organisations who will not be receiving a Christmas card from many Rangers fans over the festive period.
But while Green and Rangers continue to wage war with everyone and anyone who they feel has contributed to their plight, the siege mentality being generated inside the club is producing some fantastic results on the park.
Ally McCoist’s men have won five on the bounce in all competitions since their 3-0 League Cup defeat to Inverness CT in October, while they have also won their last five consecutive Division 3 matches since their defeat to Stirling at the start of the same month.
After early-season criticism of their defensive deficiencies, they have kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches and averaged three goals per game over the same period.
On Saturday, they travel up the north-east coast to face a Montrose side that they have already beaten 4-1 at Ibrox this season but who have been on an excellent run themselves since an embarrassing 6-1 reverse at Elgin in October.
Ray Farningham’s team have won four and drawn two of their last six games, culminating in a superb 4-1 win away at Berwick Rangers last Saturday that moved the Links Park men into the Division 3 play-off spots.
Montrose will take confidence from the fact that Rangers have already dropped nine points away from home this season but the visit of the league leaders will still pose by far their sternest test yet.
The hosts are rated as 19/2 outsiders to pick up all three points, compared to 9/50 on the visitors, with the draw at 5/1.
With the odds so firmly stacked against Montrose and taking Rangers’ impressive run of clean sheets into consideration, the best bet here looks like being the visitors to keep a clean sheet at 21/20.
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With Rangers’ enemies list already bigger than most kids’ letters to Santa, they could do with making some friends and if you back them to keep a clean sheet here you could be drinking a toast to them in the pub on Saturday night.