Three Stars of the Game
Background: After each National Hockey League game — the local media votes for the ‘Three Stars of the Game’ — basically the Man of the Match — but as a treble!
First Star: Bilel Mohsni – was the only real bright spot in the second half as he joined the attack on numerous occasions coupling that with a strong defensive performance – completely taking Kevin Kyle out of the game. He was rewarded with a goal in the final minutes as he booted in the sure shot off of Lee McCulloch’s shot.
Second Star: Nicky Clark – followed up his four goal match with arguably his finest all around performance for Rangers. He was extremely active the entire match, often dropping back to gather the ball & bring the attack to Ayr’s defense. A burgeoning star is being born right before our eyes.
Third Star: Lewis MacLeod – it was not his flashiest performance but he had a handful of quality chances & continues to link up well with Lee Wallace.
Fraser Aird’s goal was spectacular & particularly pleasing given that his role was vastly different in this match from his previous outings. Rather then being employed on the right-side as a winger, Aird was more central vs. Ayr. He struggled to make his mark for a little while, but then the moment of brilliance shone through. His quickness truly was the difference as the defense could not keep up with Aird as he opened up space until he unleashed a cracker of a shot.
Ian Black actually put in another solid performance, as he showed no signs of regressing without Nicky Law on his side (which cannot be said about Law when Black was out for three games). However, Black’s bad habits crept back into his game in the second half as repeated bad tackles led to former teammate Kevin Kyle calling him out on a couple of occasions & eventually led to a truly predictable yellow card. Soon after he was yanked from the game by management as Kenny McDowell gave him a ‘stupid twit’ slap on the back of the head. Then Black had to march right over to a stern Ally McCoist & attempt to explain his actions. It was actually very entertaining, but a reminder of why Black can be frustrating.