Rangers 3 Falkirk 1 – Three Stars of the Game

Dean Shiels, 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.

First Star:  Dean Shiels – didn’t see much of the ball in the match – but when he did he looked to pounce & move the ball into attack.  His pass cleared open some space for a Stevie Smith cross that was knocked in for the own goal.  Then in the second half, it was pure hustle, pace, & sheer desire that created the go-ahead goal as he chased onto the ball that Kris Boyd had leaked through the Bairns defence.

Lee McCulloch, courtesy of FFC

Second Star:  Lee McCulloch – continues his steadying influence in Rangers defence as he was called upon repeatedly to kill the play – especially in the second half.  His positioning was sound & he had just enough pace to stay ahead of the attack.

Third Star:  Darren McGregor – it was a choppy match that meant Rangers couldn’t afford any breakdowns defensively.  Bilel Mohsni had a turnover that turned into Falkirk’s opener early on.  After that, the back four went on lockdown & McGregor was particularly flawless.  His marking was spot on & when he was called upon to make a play – his tackling was clean & decisive.

Ian Black, courtesy of PA

Honorable Mention

Ian Black appeared to be in a sour mood all game long, which meant he was clearly getting under the skins of the opponent.  While his play wasn’t particularly strong, as Rangers’ midfield struggled to dictate play – his goal was pure class & will be among the candidates for the teams’ goal of the year.

Kris Boyd, courtesy of RFC

Dishonorable Mentions

Absolutely nothing is clicking for Kris Boyd as of late.  Of course, he was largely a victim of poor & non-existent service, but when the ball did reach Boyd he couldn’t latch onto it to create a chance.  A few balls were sent into space for Boyd to chase down, but they were hopeful efforts that Boyd had little chance to reach.  When he did create space for a potential chance on goal, the passes went wayward. It’ll be curious to see if Jon Daly is called upon to give Boyd a break or if Ally McCoist will soldier on with his struggling forward…For the second straight match, Fraser Aird struggled to make an impact as he has hit a lull in play.

<Scottish Football Stats from BetExplorer>

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