Rangers 3 Cowdenbeath 0 – Three Stars of the Game

Kyle Miller, 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:  Darren McGregor – his confidence is reaching new highs as he has had a series of starts at center back.  Again, his ability to read the play is critical as he effectively can stop a play before it becomes a threat.  He is also beginning to assert himself as an aerial presence – on both sides of the pitch.  He is becoming more prominent in the offensive end & won the ball that eventually spring Kris Boyd on a break that led to Kyle Miller’s own goal.  To think that a suspension to Bilel Mohsni was the opportunity McGregor needed to prove himself & is now among the stand-by’s for Scotland.

Lee McCulloch, courtesy of RFC

Second Star:  Lee McCulloch – defended well all night behind a midfield that struggled to control the match.  The captain seems exceedingly more comfortable playing alongside a competent & composed center-half.  It’s almost as if McCulloch is allowed to read the play with more ease since he doesn’t have to worry so much about his defensive partner.

Kris Boyd, courtesy of SNS

Third Star:  Kris Boyd – Boyd & Miller were quiet for stretches of the match – largely due to an ineffective outing from Rangers midfield.  But Boyd was front & center for two of Rangers three goals.  He teamed up with Nicky Law for the opener & then sent in the ball that ended up in the back of the net off Cowdenbeath’s own goal.  Was at his best when the ball was played into his feet & was allowed to continue his run.  Rangers need to learn that Boyd is not Jon Daly & is better served with passes on the deck.

Honorable Mentions

None of note.

Lewis Macleod, courtesy of SNS

Dishonorable Mentions

Lewis Macleod was deployed in the right side of the midfield as a replacement for the injured Fraser Aird & put in one of his most ineffective matches of the season.  Coming off the Scotland call-up, eyes naturally gravitated towards Macleod – but he struggled throughout.  Uncharacteristic turnovers were plentiful as Macleod never looked comfortable.  He was pesky at times, breaking up the play but it simply wasn’t meant to be on Tuesday night for the 20-year old…Steven Smith got the start in Macleod’s customary position this year & failed to have a positive impact on the match.  Smith & Lee Wallace tend to have problems syncing up which nullifies Rangers attack up the left flank.  Smith is a reliable veteran but David Templeton’s goal exposed the vast difference between what the two players can bring to a match.  It is curious to see Smith get the call when Templeton & even Dean Shiels are lucky to get off the bench this season.

Ally McCoist & Ian Durrant, courtesy of PA

 

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3 thoughts on “Rangers 3 Cowdenbeath 0 – Three Stars of the Game

  1. Kris Boyd was awful throughout , his work rate gets less and less each match and he cannot control the ball to hold it up. This actually contributes to the midfield being poor as they cannot make runs forward with any confidence as they would be leaving the defence exposed .Law scored a great goal doing this but after that nothing stuck up front until Daly came on. Time to sit Kris on the bench .I do agree that Smith and Wallace don`t work , McLeod must play that side with Templeton on the right. McGregor immense again.

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  2. Do not blame the players, they do not go out to play bad, blame the person who is attempting to manage the team. I was always told that a manager should find a players comfort zone i.e. playing a player in his natural position. How many rangers supporters were criticising McGregor when he was at left back, now he is tremendous (was being played out of position). Lewis McLeod has been staring in his midfield role, called up to the Scotland squad, moved to let an average player play in his position. Why did he sign Templeton if he is not going to play him (in his natural position), he was a good player with Hearts, so how has he become a bad player (in McCoists’ eyes) overnight. To many favourites getting games, it now loks like it is harder to get out of the team, than it is to get into it.

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  3. The players must take some share of the blame ,Kris Boyd is playing in his proper position , Richard Foster is playing in his proper position ..they are just not doing enough for the team.By the way McGregor never played left back ,he played right back and was miles better than Foster is now .

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