As every football fan in the country knows, these past couple of weeks have been very bad for the delusions and mad fantasies of the Ibrox support. Their forums are febrile places right now, as the shock of Celtic’s win there continues to reverberate.
But they are especially aflame because of the the news the other day that Celtic is ready to discuss a settlement of that court case they’ve told each other for years would be our ruination.
As a consequence of us now offering to do what they have been demanding we do for an age, they are just about ready for a full-scale eruption. In a stunning example of their own self-pity and blindness they have made this about how much they suffered in 2012 … think about that for a minute and realise how perverse it is.
But for so long, some of them have told themselves and each other that his was their 2012 comeuppance. The possibility of it being snatched away from them, with Celtic stepping up to do what is right, appals them and has gotten them angrier than ever.
Tonight, that anger could erupt fall-scale across their own club, and all it will take is for Real Betis to turn up at Ibrox and do what they are well capable of doing; handing The Mooch and his dire side a football lesson. If It happens, that man might have no place to hide.
Their side has a decent record at home in Europe. They even managed to hold PSV to a draw in the Champions League home tie before being thoroughly dismantled away. But Betis will go to Ibrox in no mood to settle for a point; if they can get off to a good start they will be overwhelming favourites to win the group. It could all get very ugly if they score early.
The Mooch is in a very bad place at the moment, and this is only heightened by the raging insanity that is rampant across their support. They have been out for this guy’s neck on the block since the opening weekend of the campaign, and their patience with him officially ended when we went there with a makeshift side and got a result against them.
I have had one eye on goings on over there for years, and I’ll be honest; this is the craziest and most bloodthirsty I’ve ever seen their fans. Every single grievance, whether major or minor, has them in an absolute frenzy.
They want The Mooch out, they are questioning their board and, as we saw during the Celtic game, they are not shy even about punching the daylights out of each other when they have none of our fans around to throw objects at.
By any rational metric, Betis are a better side than they are.
A support which was not smouldering with resentment and boiling over with hate might even respond to a defeat the way Celtic fans have to the other night; with a coherent discussion about where we go from here and how we can improve, but above all a realisation that we have a long way to go to compete at this level.
But they do not fit the category of fans amendable to reason.
Any defeat tonight will be met with rage. A bad defeat will be met with something much darker than that, something will make fear and loathing seem like positive emotions.
Their fans are not looking forward to this tonight one bit.
The manager is looking forward to it less.