Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is searching for that vital missing spark to reignite his side’s season with one more slip potentially fatal in the title race.
But a section of the Ibrox legions are suggesting he looks closer to home with some pointing the finger at the manager himself following a sluggish start to the new year.
Rangers have dropped five points since returning from the winter break after going into the shutdown on the high of a first Old Firm win at Parkhead for nine years.
And as they trail Celtic by seven points, albeit with a game in hand, he came in for some stick on the Hotline .
Brian Quinn, Paisley, said: “It’s time Steven Gerrard took the blame for his own mistakes rather than throwing our players under the bus.
“He has thrown away cash by paying double what Ryan Kent is worth and paying massive wages on the overrated Joe Aribo. If Celtic win nine-in-a-row then we’ll never hear the end of it and Gerrard will be to blame.”
Kevin Kean, Inchinnan, said: “Steven Gerrard’s inexperience and belief the core of his team would be resilient enough to take on Celtic in a scrap for the title will be his downfall if they end another season trophyless.
“Will the Ibrox board have the bottle to fire him if they fail again? Anyone else would with the same outcome.”
Mark McBrearty, Dumbarton, said: “I’ve been a massive fan of Steven Gerrard throughout his career but I’m hearing that he’s starting to lose the dressing room.
“They overdone the training during the winter break in Dubai and it has a negative effect on the squad and his public criticism of players during recent games is showing his inexperience.”
Robert Livingstone. Palm Beach, emailed: “It looks like Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister are not the men to bring the glory days back to Ibrox and Roy Hodgson would be my pick - a highly experienced manager at Crystal Palace and working on a shoestring budge in a league with billionaire owners.”
Kenny Wilson, Moffat, said: “The second half of the season is taking shape in exactly the same way as 12 months go. Rangers fans telling us they’re going for 55 and three games later blaming the referees for dropped points.”
Stephen Johnstone, Ardentinny, said: “Steven Gerrard says Rangers need a vital spark to get them moving again. He’d be better off phoning the AA to get a jump start and recharge their battery as they’re flat at the moment.”
James Robertson, Dennistoun, said: “Isn’t the main reason the Rangers players have downed tools because of the winter break in Dubai? While they were both over there I’m sure Celtic’s training facility was five-star and Rangers’ two-star.”
Bud Hay, Dumfries, said: “Recent results have put Steven Gerrard’s gas at a peep. All the Rangers fans were bragging about stopping nine-in-a-row after the win at Parkhead but the league is over.”
But some Gers fans reckon their side have to overcome not only a dominant Celtic side but also officials with Leigh Griffiths’ alleged stamp on Hamilton’s Sam Woods remaining a huge talking point.
Willie Peacock, Port Glasgow, said: “I was never one to believe in conspiracies but referees are going out their way to help Celtic win the league.
“Sam Cosgrove committed about seven fouls against Rangers at Ibrox and no action taken and Leigh Griffiths escaped a red for his stamp at Hamilton.”
George Davidson, Balornock, said: “Not only did Leigh Griffiths stamp on Sam Woods but he lifted his standing leg off the ground and put his full bodyweight on him.
“The photo on the back page of Tuesday’s Record Sport clearly shows that as does the video footage.”
Frank Docherty, Barrhead, said: “Rangers fans are up in arms over Leigh Griffiths but there wasn’t much moaching when Alfredo Morelos got away with the exact same thing as Ryan Christie was punished for or when Allan McGregor lashed out at Kris Ajer.”
David Ferguson, Peterhead, said: “Is it now the case that there’s one set of rules for Leigh Griffiths and another for every other player?
“If this is how referees are going to judge it then they are going to stir up a lot of trouble.”