Three Stars of the Game
Inspiration: 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! So in that spirt – here are Rangers Three Stars of the Game.
First Star: Lewis MacLeod – pushed the pace from the get-go ,as his crisp passing allowed Rangers to dominate Clyde from the outset. Ally McCoist shifted his formation to allow MacLeod to play a more central role & the youngster’s performance was a reminder of why so many are high on his prospects. That was evident on Fraser Aird’s goal – as MacLeod’s excellent pass in to the box sprung Lee Wallace who turned the ball back against the grain leaving the defence dizzy in its efforts & Aird lined up the goal. MacLeod exploited the acres of space given him & put on a clinic – slotting home two goals as he toyed with the League Two defence.
Second Star: Fraser Aird – it really was a one-two punch from from Aird & MacLeod on Monday night. Aird was relentless in his play up the right flank as he was on a mission to use his speed to break down the Clyde defense. He was rewarded for his efforts with a goal along with two assists. Like last season, he may have let his play on the pitch force the manager into making Aird a staunch feature in the first eleven going forward.
Third Star: Kris Boyd – the veteran finally got off the schneid & was no match for the part-time defenders of Clyde. His hat trick was a sign that the goals may come reigning in again for Boyd & he could nearly have had five on the night. Like the rest of the team – the test now is to replicate this level of confidence & finishing against the improved competition in the Championship.
Give Lee McCulloch credit, he has been a real positive influence in the side playing from a holding midfield role. He seems to be more willing to aggressively join the attack then the incumbent Ian Black & may have silenced some of the complaints launched at McCoist for Jig-cronyism. There were signs of this positive play vs. Falkirk & obviously playing against a transparent Clyde midfield, Jig was free to have some fun. As the captain, he took an obsessive role in spurring on the tempo of Rangers play & it was contagious as Rangers midfield dominated & were a significant reason behind the relentless attack. Rangers had 24 shots, with 16 of those on target. Either a sleeping giant was awakened or Clyde was that bad. Either way, both of McCulloch’s goals were blasts that should give supporters a reminder of the good that the captain can offer to the team…Nicky Clark continues his good play with an hour of tireless running that helped Boyd create his own space against the pylons that were Clyde’s defenders. Clark flashed his pace on the instantaneous counter attack that led to Kris Boyd’s first goal. The two showed that there may be a real effective partnership between the two, as they showed a real willingness to help each other’s game. They have been on the same page since Clark’s insertion into the match with Falkirk as Clark has become another ‘fringe’ player that may force McCoist into some welcomed sleepless nights as Boyd & Clark have now combined for four goals in the last two matches….Lee Wallace was dominant linking up with Lewis MacLeod, as he showed that he is several classes above the opposition he has faced over the past two years.