It has arrived to this. Rangers have one more chance to avoid becoming the first team to be knocked out of the playoffs in the group stage of the European Championship.
The reality of trying to compete with last season's runners-up, a team who reached the last 16 and a side that might well go on and claim the big shiny pot, has been exposed.
The team with the worst group-stage performance in history would leave their mark on this competition if they lost to Ajax.
In the last year, Dinamo Zagreb lost all six games and had a goal difference of -19. Rangers have scored more than they have allowed.
When the gravity of the situation was laid bare after a cautiously creditable three nil mismatch against Napoli, it was clear that the situation was dire.
The forward said that everyone would be motivated to get a win. It is a huge challenge for us. We are going to attempt to win it.
Matching that kind of talk with deed has proved difficult for Rangers in Europe this season.
They have gotten 888-492-0 888-492-0 888-492-0's done for them. Also, so have Napoli. The disparity in resources is no disgrace. The way in which Rangers capitulated in their opener in the Netherlands was mortifying.
It wouldn't be enough for Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team to snatch third place in the section. They need to score five with no reply in order to survive the more difficult terrain of the Europa League.
There was a request for a show of character. He wants his players to play in the fervent surrounds of the Stadio Diego Maradona.
They did. Giovanni Simeone scored two goals in the first 16 minutes of the game to give them a 2-0 lead. The concession was easy to understand.
Neil said it was a tough watch. The engine was turned down byNapoli so that Rangers could get closer. It could have been a lot worse.
Steven Thompson said the campaign was too far for this group of players.
He believes that a European run should not have an effect on a club.
It has been a difficult campaign. The man will want it to be over. It has been bad for the club and he will get more criticism after tonight.
The trip to Naples was not as bad as many Rangers fans had feared, even though they weren't allowed in the stadium.
Rangers have leaked at least five goals in Europe before. A supporter said that eight wasn't out of the question.
Rangers didn't collapse despite the early concern.
There was a determination from the visitors and even a little ambition from them. Ridvan Yilmaz's cross was not converted by Alfredo Morelos.
It means that Rangers are less vulnerable than they would have been.
Four points adrift of Celtic and with a dreary domestic display, they need a performance to replenish some of the fans' faith in the manager.
Thompson said that the victory over Aberdeen was a good one. At the end of a rough few weeks, Rangers would get some continental solace.