What Ibrox fans had to watch last night at Anfield has shocked them.
It was not a defeat on the level of the one against Ajax, or the one against Napoli at home. They conceded only twice against a top drawer team away from home. But none will call it a triumph.
Because what they watched was a performance characterised by fear and by the cowardice of the tactics. Five at the back. A deep defensive line. No effort whatsoever to challenge Liverpool further up the pitch.
No attempt to actually win.
We should not be surprised.
Van Bronckhorst, after all, wrote their chances off after one game. The media would rather we all forget that. The Ibrox fans will not let them forget, because they have not forgotten.
That was a gutless display last night and they know it. It was the display of a team whose manager didn’t think they had it in them and set them up to limit his own embarrassment.
Thank God we don’t have a manager like that.
Even with central defensive absences we will go toe to toe with the Germans tonight. We will fight them for every ball and press forward and try to win, just as we did with Madrid at home and the Ukrainians in Poland.
It does not guarantee us a positive result, but it doesn’t take a genius to realise that last night the way Van Bronckhorst set his team up guaranteed them a negative one.
Our boss is made of stronger stuff, and he wants to instil that in our team.
So tonight, we’ll try to win, and in doing so we might well succeed.
If we do, then this manager is due all the credit because his fearlessness has rubbed off on this team now and given them a crazy level of self-belief. I cannot wait for the kick off.