Rangers 8 Clyde 1 – Three Stars of the Game

Lewis MacLeod, courtesy of RFC

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.

Fraser Aird & Lewis MacLeod, courtesy of RFC

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.

Kris Boyd, courtesy of CFC

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.

Lee McCulloch, courtesy of SNS

Honorable Mentions

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.

Barry Ferguson, courtesy of PA

2 thoughts on “Rangers 8 Clyde 1 – Three Stars of the Game

  1. Totally agree with all your comments , although I am not convinced that McCulloch has the pace to play centre midfield against decent opposition .He had a good game last night and spread the play well without trying hollywood passes.There is a tactic in the modern game to have one midfielder sit almost between the centre halfs and this covers the full backs getting well forward ,Liverpool play this way.Maybe that could be Jigs role.McLeod and Aird were both terrific and McLeod combines so well on the left with Wallace.I would like to see Clark given a few games to work on his partnership with Boyd , Miller could be impact sub for a while ,along with Templeton who seems better coming off the bench.
    It was good to see us showing the difference in class that should be obvious when we play these teams rather than the struggles of the past.Bell back in goal on Saturday , but lets leave the rest and see if it continues to develop.Make players work to get back in.


  2. I thought last night was refreshing to watch from a Rangers team. albeit against Clyde we passed the ball about and we played with pace and urgency and no aimless long balls up to our strikers. i thought MacLeod was outstanding in midfield and i thought his goal was a cracker. the team must be built around this lad i feel and i hope McCoist sees that. Nicky Clark put in a performance we haven’t seen from a Rangers striker in a long time. his run for the first goal and setting up Boyd was brilliant and his touch for Boyd’s second was a great bit of play. im sure most Rangers fans want to see more of him starting. Fraser Aird i thought had his best match in a while. some good play down the wing but still needs improving his final ball i feel. overall a decent performance by Rangers. i would have liked to have seen McGregor in defense and more of the youngsters given a run out and whats happened Barrie McKay ? seems to have went off the radar since pre season which im disappointed to see.


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