Stars Duds 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 – normally we discuss Rangers Three Stars of the Game. But when they play like this – we must focus the attention to the Three Duds of the Game.
Star Dud: Ian Black – picked up an early yellow card on a desperate tackle that nullified much of the impact he could have for the rest of the match. Black, like most of the team, seemed to be going through the motions – showing no urgency & absolutely no purpose. This was epitomized on Alloa’s well-earned equalizer. Watch Black slowly trot back into the play & then stand around as everyone around him is scrambling to close down on the ball. Rangers defence was in disarray, but Black was a passenger on the play.
Star Dud: Kris Boyd – he had a clear cut chance one-on-one with the keeper but fired the ball right into the sprawling Wasp goalie. He was surprisingly ineffective throughout the entire match & has really failed to recreate the chemistry with Kenny Miller. Now, does Ally McCoist stick with Boyd next week? What has happened to the Boyd who had scored 25 goals last season? Boyd has now scored only two goals in 13 league matches – both coming at the end of matches that had already been decided. He scored the last goal in each match – the combined scores in those games – 9-1. Not exactly clutch goal scoring.
Star Dud: David Templeton – well, that probably is the last we’ll see of Templeton in the starting lineup for a while. The promise once shown by the former Hearts man, has constantly eroded this season when given the chance to start, It’s strange to see a player that once played with such confidence now become so easily defended by second tier players.
Kenny Miller never really seemed to get involved & looked behind the flow of the match throughout. Miller has failed to get in sync with Boyd this season & it seems an apt time to remind folks that Nicky Clark was among Rangers few truly valuable players this season but had to step aside for Miller. It’s confusing to see McCoist play Miller, who turns 35 next week, each & every week – rather then implement a rotation of forwards to help prolong Miller’s fitness…Steven Smith stepped into a left back role that he filled in pretty well last season, but it was a poor outing on Saturday for the veteran. Rangers couldn’t muster any offence up the left flank & when he was given an opportunity to show his free-kick prowess – he sent it sailing over the crossbar.