Rangers 4 Raith Rovers 0 – Three Stars of the Game

Nicky Law & Lee Wallace, courtesy of SNS

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.

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First Star:  Lee Wallace – maybe he was inspired by his latest Scotland snub, maybe it was a conscious effort to establish his leadership by example – but this was quite possibly Wallace’s best performance for Rangers since the club’s dismissal from the SPL.  For the entire 90 minutes, Wallace was heavily involved in the match & played like a man possessed.  He set the pace for the entire match & somehow never seemed to run out of steam as he paced up & down the pitch.  If teammates slowed the tempo down, he implored them to match his efforts in pushing the play forward.  Additionally, his defensive effort was clinical & it’s going to have to be in Rangers upcoming showdown with Caley Thistle.

Ian Black, courtesy of SNS

Second Star:  Ian Black – a surprising outing or a revelation?  Ian Black was on top of his game as he effectively distributed the ball from the center of the park while confidently cleaning up the play in front of the center backs.  Whether he was clogging up the midfield, or finding space in the Raith Rovers defence, Black was one of the keys to Rangers outshooting Raith 20-4.  His goal was a just reward for a strong performance.

Nicky Law, courtesy of SNS

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Third Star:  Nicky Law – was much more involved in the flow of the play as Law drifted all over the midfield – looking particularly strong when he roamed into a more right sided position.  His goal, which was triggered by Lee Wallace & a deft layoff from Lewis MacLeod, was a cracking shot that buried an already deflated Raith Rovers side.  Now can Law put together this kind of performance on Tuesday in the League Cup?   It will be a match that will go a long way towards defining his legacy as a Rangers player.  Hopefully, his confidence is peaking at the right time.

Nicky Clark

Honorable Mentions

Nicky Clark continues to thrive alongside Kris Boyd & his delicate, glancing header off of a Fraser Aird cross opened the onslaught of Rangers goals.  Later, on multiple occasions he displayed the patience of a saavy veteran as he showed a willingness to hold up the ball as long as it took to allow midfielders & Lee Wallace to storm in to support the attack.  It was a bit worrying to see him leave with a possible hamstring injury – it would be a rotten bit of luck if the injury is serious…Fraser Aird set the tone for Rangers early on as he was positive with nearly every touch of the ball in the opening stanza of the match.  He constantly looked to put the goalkeeper under pressure either by launching crosses into the heart of the box or by testing the goalie with shots from the perimeter.  Credited with the assist on Clark’s opening goal…Marius Zaliukas may have been banished to Ally McCoist’s dog house as Lee McCulloch was shifted back into defense to replace the struggling Lithuanian.  The captain appeared to bring order to the defence, which has had its share of porous moments of late.  He played with a confidence & assurance that appeared to rub off on Bilel Mohsni, who also played a strong match.

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Ross Perry, courtesy of SNS
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One thought on “Rangers 4 Raith Rovers 0 – Three Stars of the Game

  1. Best team performance for months.No failures although Boydy had an off night in front of goal , but if he had to have one, best to do it when we are 3 up and strolling.That is the way that Black used to play for Hearts but not often enough for us.This helped Law to play with freedom and not have to sit too deep.Clark is now showing why we bought him ,his link up was great .Another big shout for McGregor , strong , quick and learning how to play right back. Mohsni showed what he can do, defended well and played it simple ,possibly because midfielders were available for the ball.As for Wallace , it is a national scandal that this guy cannot even get in to the Scotland squad even when a left back pulls out injured.We all watched Whittaker for years and even putting my contempt for the guy aside, Wallace is 10 times the left back he is.Wee Chesney is doing a lot right with Scotland , but this obvious anti Rangers bias needs to be highlighted.On the plus side if it lets Lee have a rest and he plays like this then we can only benefit.
    The standard has been set , now we need to produce the same against Caley , and then if they can beat us they must be a good side .It would be great to beat the side at the top of the SPFL, but I don`t think it will define anyones legacy at Gers , except maybe Ally McCoist who could do with some positive cup results.Onwards and upwards!!!

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