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: Kenny Miller – has a keen football sensibility that helps enhance his pace & skill. His vision on his passes is why so much will be expected from him & Kris Boyd this season. Even when his pass doesn’t connect you can see the play that could have developed if the connection would have been made. On his goal, he had sprayed the ball out to Steven Smith & kept charging towards the goal until he got the service to stick the ball past the keeper. He was involved throughout the match & really had a feel for the flow of the match. It was his one-two pass with Lee Wallace that led to the left back’s first goal of the season.
Second Star: Kris Boyd – had a few chances prior to the goal that he may have buried with improved deliveries. He made no mistakes with his towering header to score in two straight matches. There is a feeling that we are on the verge of seeing goals scored in the bunches in the upcoming weeks.
Third Star: Lee Wallace – pushed forward with regularity on Saturday but his distribution was off the mark more often than not. Just as frustrations were settling in, he pounced on a loose ball & showcased his speed on the breakaway that led to his goal. On a three-on-two break, he showed a good deal of patience before connecting with Kenny Miller, who summatively gave it back to Wallace for the goal.
Steven Smith‘s inclusion in the midfield does not necessarily send shivers of confidence among supporters but he does deserve credit for his decisive play & for sending in two crosses that led directly to Rangers’ goals.
Fraser Aird was a complete non-factor in the match…Nicky Law again went long stretches without getting a touch & despite timely scoring, Law really has done little else this season. However, he is one of the small handful of players that has started each & every match in which he’s been available in his two seasons at the club. He is the first name slotted in the midfield & is the roadblock to Lewis Macleod playing in his most natural position…Richard Foster was poor again as he consistently turned the ball over out of the back. One instance that was particularly calamitous saw Foster dribble aimlessly up the pitch only to run straight into a Dumbarton player. Foster’s reaction was a reckless foul that sent his foe out of the match with an injury. Foster really has done very little to actually earn the manager’s faith but is relied upon over the likes of Sebastien Faure & Kyle McAusland.