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 – is symbolic of the lack of leadership coming out of Rangers dressing room. Black is a veteran of over 200 matches at the top level of Scottish football & has featured for Rangers nearly 80 times & should be relied upon to set the tone for this club, especially in big matches. Instead you get a clumsy & embarrassing outing from the veteran. Known for being strong on the ball, Black was totally overpowered by the likes of Scott Allan. His booking was both stupid & pointless. It was not a foul to set a tone, it was a player being exposed for being behind the play & he responded by committing a reckless foul in a totally harmless place on the pitch. Kudos for Kenny McDowall for yanking Black from the game before he put the team a man down. Now, he needs to follow it up & bench Black for the foreseeable future.
Star Dud: Richard Foster – woeful defending at key moments, sending half of his passes straight to the feet of the opposition, & completely wrong-footed on Hibs’ third goal, which sent him straight to his backside. Just a hot mess.
Star Dud: Fraser Aird – poor & ineffective while on the ball & his inability to get a cross (or even a corner kick) into a dangerous area is a bit of nuisance against the likes of Cowdenbeath & an absolute liability against the likes of Hibs. Paging Barrie McKay, your presence is desperately needed.
When the player tabbed as your ‘attacking midfielder’ has almost no time on the ball then it’s nearly impossible to create a flow or continuity to your attack. Consequently, the forwards are left to fend for themselves or wait for the hopeful long ball. Nicky Law’s play got a little better in the second half (maybe it’s time to reconsider pairing him with Ian Black in the center of the midfield) but at some point it needs to be acknowledged that Law gets outplayed by the likes of Scott Allan & Alloa’s Ryan McCord & does not offer Rangers what those player do for their teams. Law wasn’t bad but he was far from good enough…The experiment of Lee McCulloch as a center back needs to end, now…Nicky Clark has been one of the few positives for Rangers this year but he looked overmatched by the occasion on Saturday.