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 – stood out early in the match for his clinical defending at right back. Then he was called upon in the second half to clean up a couple of messes made by the center-half duo – in particular his clearing header saved a goal after Mohsni had switched off on a corner kick.
Second Star: Kenny Miller – it wasn’t Miller’s finest outing as he picked up a needless yellow card & he flubbed a couple of scoring opportunities. But, his work rate had an impact especially as he had been deployed out on the flanks rather then his customary role as a forward. It was his clever header that set-up Dean Shiels for the only goal of the match.
Third Star: Dean Shiels – not a surprise to see him in the lineup, however it was a bit stunning to see if up front alongside Kris Boyd, as Kenny Miller took over for the injured Lewis Macleod. Shiels was effective when given the opportunity. He struck the post on a wonderful chance early on & sent Kris Boyd free on a quality pass only to see an offside Boyd butcher the ball. His goal was calmly taken as Miller’s knockdown was a real smart play. Now, the challenge for Shiels will be to stretch a handful of good games in a row.
None of note…it wasn’t a joy to watch. Rangers dominated possession – 57% to 43% but only managed four shots on target.
Kris Boyd looks alarmingly uncomfortable in front of goal. From his first touch to his last touch & everything in between was just a mess. Plus, there were a couple of swings & misses on quality chances. His play has clearly regressed & his confidence must be at an all time low… Yet again Nicky Law went long stretches without the ball (even as Rangers dominated possession). Too often it looks as he simply going through the motions, especially when closing down the opposing midfielder. He can create chances when on the ball – but he should be way more involved – especially against an inferior opponent…Bilel Mohsni has played worse but still has no purpose in his game. His clearances continue to be aimless & like a light-switch manned by a deranged toddler – he turns his focus on & off at whim & with no apparent logic. If he was 20, 21 years old – it would be understandable – but Mohsni is 27…this is as good as he’s going to get.