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: Lee McCulloch & Bilel Mohsni – Rangers were shambolic at times in defence & it was rooted in the poor play from the two center backs. Mohsni was actually more composed on the ball than normal but was way too passive on Alloa’s first goal & then failed to pick up Greig Spence as he trotted into the penalty box & calmly sent Rangers spiraling out of the Petrofac Cup. McCulloch has never looked settled lining up alongside Mohsni & again looked out of his depths at a defender. Sadly, Jig did more ball watching then actual defending on each of the goals.
Star Dud: Richard Foster – seemed to really struggle playing as a left back in place of the injured Lee Wallace & when he did push forward – nearly every cross was met by an Alloa defender & often nowhere near a Rangers forward. His amateurish clearance back into the middle of the pitch sent the defence into a real scramble that allowed Ryan McCord to stun Rangers with an equalizer.
Star Dud: Darren McGregor – it is difficult to lay much blame on the doorstep of Darren McGregor but two of the goals did come off crosses that he was unable to shut down. He’s Rangers best center back, but forced to play right back. He’s never looked comfortable in the role & a stout defence with him in the middle falls to pieces once McGregor is shifted out of position. If Foster needs to play left back, it is curious to see Ally McCoist overlook Sebastien Faure or even Arnold Peralta as a right back replacement. Instead the dominos begin to fall as the team’s best defender is forced out of position.
Ryan McCord has starred in each of the three matches against Rangers this season as he once again outplayed Nicky Law in dictating the action from midfield. Law saw very little possession on Wednesday & lost track of McCord on the Wasp’s second goal of the match.
Searching for positives…
The look of disgust on Kenny Miller’s face at the final whistle seemingly captured the emotions felt by Rangers supporters everywhere. How did a team with the second largest collective salary in all of Scotland allow an Alloa side that has scored 15 goals in 14 league matches score three unanswered goals in 17 minutes?
Couple that with the fact that Alloa had eight regulars sidelined with injury & it heightens the embarrassment that each player must carry with him for the rest of this season.
Miller does deserve credit for doing all that he could to set Rangers up for victory. Even with no consistent delivery coming from the flanks or from the midfield, Miller was able to seize on opportunities when they occurred. He cooly slotted home the opener after the Wasp’s reserve keeper mishandled a Kris Boyd free kick & then Miller deftly held up the ball & waited to fead the ball to Dean Shiels as he gained an inside position on the Alloa defender.
Rangers went up 2-0 & it was smooth sailing from there…that’s why you build a team of experienced veterans – to grind out victories like that one.