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: David Templeton – was a player determined to score as soon as he entered the game, as he did all that he could to save the day for Rangers. He had a couple of shots on goal within minutes of coming on as a sub & tantalized the crowd with his skills on display while lashing home the tying goal which instantly gave the rest of the club a lift & a sense of hope. Now the challenge will be when Temps gets back in the starting eleven – can he play a whole 90 minutes like his last two appearances off the bench.
Second Star: Lee Wallace – Nottingham Forest? Hull City? Hibs? The speculation continues to run rampant of whether Lee Wallace is playing his last games for Rangers. If the club is serious about cutting 15% of players’ salary – they can do it with one fell swoop by selling Rangers best player. With every run down the left flank, linking with Lewis MacLeod, launching balls into the box – Rangers fans have to wonder if Wallace’s potential departure could have been avoided with a more deliberate approach to signings this summer. We shall see….for now it’s a treat to watch a player – truly too good for the opposition- who brings a professional approach to every match & who clearly loves being a True Blue.
Third Star: Jon Daly – the big man has been in need of a break for a few weeks now (both on the scoresheet & on the sidelines). Daly finally looked a little more active in attempts to get involved in the action. His goals carried the team in the fall & let’s hope today’s tally will help shake him out of his funk.
Fraser Aird continued his run in the first eleven with another active outing – especially in the first half. His play is almost always direct & his pace quickly puts the defence on their heels. He has won numerous corners by simply running at the defence & forcing the play. As he as been known to do of late – he wore down as the match went on & it may be wise to shorten his outings to preserve his effectiveness.
Arbroath had won one game in their last thirteen & currently sit one point above the bottom of the League 1 table. Given their ineffective play this season – it makes you wonder why three of Rangers most experienced players played so poorly in an almost catastrophic performance. Lee McCulloch saved the day with his penalty shot, but his terribly mistimed tackle gave Arbroath’s Bobby Linn a free run on the Rangers goal. It was a shocking decision by the Rangers captain & a reminder that he really still has a lot to learn as a center back…Ian Black continued his poor run of play with one of his worst of the season. He somehow made even the simplest pass look difficult. The scary thing is that his yellow card in the second half – actually appeared to ground his game as he began to display some competence after the foolish booking…..Can someone put the “For Sale” sign back on Dean Shiels? At the beginning of the month he responded to transfer talk with two goals vs. East Fife. Since then the talk has tempered, as has his actual effort in Rangers last two matches. Templeton came on the pitch & demanded the ball – leaving his imprint on the result. Shiels? Sought the ball like it was contaminated with the plague. How does he always seem to be where the ball is not??