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: Jon Daly – Nicky Law scored the goal, but Daly deserved the credit. It was his abilty to hold up the play & then pick the right moment to lay it off to Law who was able to fire it home from short range that sent Rangers home victorious. Daly nearly set up David Templeton later in the match with a good ball across the box but Templeton flubbed it. Daly is limited to only about an hour or so nowadays but it was a good hour for the Irishman.
Second Star: Darren McGregor – was called upon on a couple of occasions to be the last line of defence & both times went in strong on plays to break up the threat. He is a much more confident player when allowed to play as center back & is always positionally sound which brings a hint of stability to the Rangers defence.
Third Star: Kyle Hutton – has really embraced the opportunity of playing in the holding midfield role & was able to string together a second straight reliable outing on Saturday. Hutton kept it simple by clogging up the middle of the pitch, breaking up plays & then promptly laying the ball off to the nearest teammate. Also, his strong defensive play in the 90th minute certainly saved Rangers from allowing a soul crushing equalizer.
Besides the goal, Nicky Law was composed when on the ball even though he still didn’t see much of it. It would be interesting to compare the number of passes made by Law with his counterpart on the other team on a regular basis. But he deserves credit for being Rangers most consistent goal scorer left on the team…Fraser Aird came on for the the last 23 minutes & looked better than he has for months. He played with a confidence that has been missing lately & has put in a shout to supplant Templeton on the right side going forward.
Getting scoring chances has not been a problem for Kenny Miller – it’s the whole ‘goal scoring thing’ that has been the bugaboo for the 35-year old. He had three prime opportunities to score – one was an unlucky shot that clunked off the post, while the other two were meager efforts – even though the pitch was partly to blame. The bottom line is that Miller has now gone six matches without scoring & has only one goal in the past ten games…Steven Smith did absolutely nothing in this match. Towards the end of the first half, I literally forgot he had been part of the starting eleven.