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The banner that was raised at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon urging change and the ominous warning for Stewart Robertson and Ross Wilson that came in the cartoon depictions of black circles and red lines told its own story of just where Rangers are.

And the likelihood is that will get worse before it gets better.

The mood at Ibrox was quiet on Saturday, the ramifications of the Hampden defeat to Celtic still hanging heavy in the air.

It was the banners that brought forth some kind of response before Kilmarnock’s second half goal allowed some of the lurking frustrations to be given full voice.

Rangers were so unconvincing for 15 minutes after that Killie goal as to suggest at point they could have unravelled had the Ayrshire side claimed a second.

Hanging on by their fingertips, the reaction will be merciless if there are points dropped at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

And supporters, always the go-to when it comes to the bowl being passed around by clubs, are more than entitled to ask questions not only about why the recruitment has been so desperately poor but why the money spent on players has been in stark contrast to the money raised.

Where is the Champions League money? The funds gained from Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and – the not unsubstantial £20m – for Calvin Bassey?

A successful player trading model needs finance and an astute eye.

If both of those have been conspicuous by their absence it is pertinent to ask why.