Is Dave King right that Rangers are in “tangible reach” of Celtic?

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There has been significant progress since Progres, of that there should be no doubt.

From an eye-watering loss to Luxembourg’s fourth best team to qualification for the Europa League within 12 months is a case in point.

While there are those who will use data to suggest there are only fine margins in any such advancement, the eye test offers clear results.

Rangers have signed a solid spine in McGregor, Goldson and Arfield, they have made significant strides in Europe and they are looking a much more stable football operation under the leadership of Steven Gerrard.

That’s not to say these refinements have been necessarily big enough to make Dave King’s latest pronouncement completely on the money.

 

The Ibrox chairman said: “It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year. We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.”

Tangible is defined as “Perceptible by touch” and under that criteria it’s difficult to defend King from the tsunami of impending Twitter mockery coming his way.

Does King really look at the stark reality of Rangers‘ record and see a wafer-thin margin from his rivals, let alone the scope to overtake them to an extent that you could claim dominance?

His club have twice been knocked out of cup competitions by a robust but unsophisticated Aberdeen side and trail Celtic by 11 points in the league. While the games between the top two have been tight affairs settled by the odd goal, a title win is about consistent performance over a whole season and the gap is not insignificant.

In short, it’s hard to square the reality with the rhetoric.

That said, King is almost certainly having the last laugh.

While we furiously attempt to measure the vagaries of his statement, the headline news that Rangers will be bumping up season book prices by an inflation bursting 5% slips quietly under the radar with little sense of complaint.

Perhaps the man from South Africa has a rather better sense of reality than some of his statements might suggest.

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