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: Nicky Law – when Lewis Macleod was sold from the discount bin, it could have been an opportunity for Nicky Law to establish himself as Rangers best attacking player. Instead, he continues to disappear from matches for long stretches while randomly appearing in search for that timely goal.
Against Celtic, Law looked timid. He made an absolute mess of the ball at the top of the box which led to Kris Commons’ goal. Of course, Law had no support & nobody in a blue shirt seemed bothered to close down on Commons – so the blame is not Law’s alone. But Law provided nothing in this game, while symbolically, & figuratively, being tossed aside by the occasion. When a team manages only one shot & one corner in an entire match, the ‘best attacking player’ needs to be singled out.
Star Dud: Ian Black – switched off at the wrong moment, only to be awoken by Lee Wallace shouting for him to close down Stefan Johansen who just received the throw-in. Five seconds later the ball was in the back of the net & Celtic had their opener. There was a mess on the other end of the ball as well, but Black could have shut down that cross if he was more locked into what was happening. Throughout the match, Black was apprehensive & looked scared to get engaged physically – knowing a booking would be around the corner. His counterpart, Scott Brown, completely overwhelmed Black & was the biggest difference maker in the match. Black could have been a poor man’s Brown but instead he was simply a passenger in his Old Firm debut.
Star Dud: Darren McGregor – looked out of his depths against improved competition. Was caught ball watching on the opener & was beaten a couple of other times in aerial battles that led to Celtic chances. Not the worst outing but the theme of the day was – ‘not good enough’.
Fraser Aird tried but simply wasn’t good enough to play in a match of this magnitude. His effort was there & he has room for improvement but muffed his set piece opportunity & nearly set up a Celtic goal with a poor giveaway in the 27th minute…Did Richard Foster actually complete a pass today?…Steven Smith seemed more composed then most Rangers players but his final ball wasn’t up to par. At this point he is Rangers set-piece specialist & he failed to capitalize on those few chances he had.
A bright spot?
Kyle Hutton really wasn’t that bad.