Rangers 2-2 Morton: The Alternative Match Report

Kenny Miller celebrates putting Rangers ahead, courtesy of the Daily Record
Kenny Miller celebrates putting Rangers ahead, courtesy of the Daily Record

Written by – Jamie Currie

THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER

It was perhaps the worst performance of the season, and it looked like complacency had set in. Kenny Miller gave the Light Blues a 2nd-minute lead before a James Tavernier own goal levelled the scoring. Stefan McCluskey took advantage of another defensive error to give Morton a shock lead. Martyn Waghorn equalised shortly after, and Jason Holt could have won it late on, but his effort cleared the bar on what was a frustrating afternoon for the players, fans, and the manager.

On the flipside, Morton were well worthy of their point. They impressed at times. Meanwhile, the gap is still three points at the top as Hibs drew 1-1 with Falkirk at Easter Road. So there was no damage done in that aspect of things.

MAN OF THE MATCH

I struggled to pick a standout individual this week. It is the first time I have done this so far this season. Hopefully it will be the last.

PRE-MATCH QUOTES

Mark Warburton wasn’t making any excuses as he spoke to Rangers TV after the match: “There are no excuses, we were poor today, the players would be the first to admit it, they are a really honest group.”

Andy Halliday was frustrated, but the midfielder is ready to go again next week, he said:“I’m overawed with the disappointment but we can’t get too down as we need to go again next week.”

STAT OF THE MATCH

Martyn Waghorn‘s equaliser meant he found the net for the 20th time this season.

KEY MOMENT

James Tavernier‘s own goal – it gave Morton an abundance of confidence and they grew into the game, and they capitalised on Rangers‘ poor showing by leaving with a point.

ANALYSIS

  • After the goal and the first five minutes of the first half, Rangers were completely flat and will have to improve by some distance to get three points at Falkirk on Saturday.
  • The tempo was far too slow and the pressing was almost nonexistent. When we stop doing that, we become very predictable and rather easy to defend against. Morton knew this and executed their sit deep and counter gameplan very well.
  • But it was two defensive errors that cost Rangers in the main – it’s hard to explain what was going through the minds of the players at those points in time.
  • In addition to the last two points, the ball retention in almost every area was as poor and slack as it has been all season.
  • Yet again, the final pass and finishing was found wanting.
  • Interestingly, we seemed to switch to a 4-4-2 just after half-time. Miller played much closer to Waghorn. It’s becoming more and more noticeable.

TWEETS OF THE MATCH

MATCH STATS

Courtesy of RFC
Courtesy of RFC

League Table

Courtesy of RFC
Courtesy of RFC

WHAT’S NEXT

Rangers travel to Falkirk in the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday with a chance to go six-points clear of Hibs before they play at 3pm vs Queen of the South.

Also, just a final mention to the memory of Arnold Peralta. The minute’s silence was impeccably observed. Thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. RIP, Arnold.

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