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: Fraser Aird – Aird’s performance was symbolic of the night for Rangers — terribly inconsistent but good enough to salvage a moment or two of glory. Aird deserves credit for putting the Forfar defence under constant pressure, albeit with inconsistent results. Aird also took nearly all of Rangers 14+ corner kicks — some were absolutely pointless, while one crucial corner was synced to Bilel Mohsni’s head for the winning goal.
Second Star: Steve Simonsen – in his Rangers debut, Simonsen had a real command of the goal area & seemed to carry himself with more confidence then Cammy Bell usually does. Simonsen’s tremendous reactionary save was brilliant & preserved the victory for Rangers. Save was reminiscent of Brad Friedel in his prime.
Third Star: Lewis MacLeod – to be honest, it wasn’t a very good game from MacLeod — but it was a bit of a stretch to maintain the Three Stars theme going after another flaccid performance from Rangers. MacLeod did show hints of his quality at times, especially during the first half. It may be time to move him into a more central role, to see if he can command more of the play going forward.
Bilel Mohsni was mostly a big, hot mess during the first half, impeccably turning nearly every simple play into a cluster of mishaps, poor passes, & adventures in football that would be catastrophes at a higher level of football. But, Mohsni deserves credit for his work rate (that is beginning to be lacking in some other players) & obviously his goal saved the day for Rangers….David Templeton sealed the match with a great goal that displayed a quality that was missing from Rangers game during the previous 90 minutes. Now the challenge for Templeton is to follow this up with a full game of positive football – something he really has failed to do all season.
The love for Dean Shiels lasted about a week, as he followed up his solid outing in the last match with a performance Rangers fans have come accustomed to. Shiels left no real positive mark on the match & was largely non-existent unless he was killing the flow of play with an errant pass….There is no doubt that Nicky Law is a player whose talents are way above that of League One, but that does not place him above criticism. Rangers have had little to no creative flow to their attack for the last several weeks & much of the blame comes down to the listless play of Law. He has been competent, but certainly has not taken control of the midfield of late.