written by Robert Gray
Meet the new guy, same as the old guy.
I’m not sure many Rangers fans would have been particularly enthused by Kenny McDowall’s appointment last week. But maybe, just maybe, he would have a few ideas of his own to shake up his underperforming team.
Or maybe not.
His team sheet today struck me as a tribute to his old pal. Everything he has said since Ally McCoist left has come across as “he was doing a great job. The lads all wish he was still here.”
Of course they do. If I had a boss who let me get away with underperforming every day I go to work I’d be sad to see them leave too. I get the feeling McDowall is almost acting like he doesn’t want to offend McCoist. This is the way it was when he was here, there’s nothing that needs changing.
Well, hopefully after today he’ll see he needs to be his own man and not a McCoist tribute act. Today was probably the worst performance in a seemingly never ending run of terrible performances. A 4-0 demolition in which we barely mustered a shot on target.
The most infuriating thing about all of this for me is how we only seem to have one ‘tactic’. We play 4-4-2 and we punt the ball forward.
We’ve played six games against Hearts, Hibs and Queen of the South this season. Each game we’ve played the same formation and used the same tactics. We’ve lost five of those six games.
At what point will our highly paid management team sit down and think ‘wait a minute, it looks like something might not be working here.’
Today was a chance to surprise Hibs. A new manager, a new start and maybe some new tactics. Instead, we played the same old predictable garbage and they duly took us apart.
After today, if McDowall is still in charge, he must make massive changes to the side for next week. We need to bring back the loan players. Barrie McKay, Robbie Crawford, Luca Gasparotto and Calum Gallagher could give the squad the shakeup it so desperately needs.
Would it be worth going down to the youth teams and bringing some players up into the first team as well?
On the flip side, there are so many players in that first team squad that should be demoted to the reserves and never come back.
Ian Black, Nicky Law, Stevie Smith, Kris Boyd, Lee McCulloch and, possibly the worst offender, Richard Foster. Three of the four goals today came from the right back position. He can’t continue there any longer. Of all the positions in our team, that is the one most in need of urgent change. If these guys are just in it for the pay checks, get them away from the first team and let them see out their contracts playing in the youth teams.
If we can get our loan players back we could field an almost entirely different team.
I know this is all a bit Football Manager now but it’s the only way I can look positively at this team anymore. The endless hope for change –
Bell (once fit)
Faure, Gasparotto, McGregor, Wallace
McKay, Aird, Templeton
It couldn’t do any worse, could it?
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