Written by – Jamie Currie
THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
The defeat stings. Between Willie Collum‘s complete incompetence and the team’s poor showing, it was very frustrating viewing. The poor day was compounded by Martyn Waghorn missing an injury-time penalty. Before that, John Baird gave Falkirk an early lead from the penalty spot. Barrie McKay got Rangers back on level terms soon after. But the start of the second half wasn’t a good one, and Will Vaulks netted the winner ten minutes into the second period. Falkirk keeper Danny Rogers pulled off two other top saves from Kenny Miller and Nicky Law late on (before Waghorn’s penalty) and ensured Falkirk grabbed the three points.
MAN OF THE MATCH
The keeper made two top-class saves – particularly the one he tipped round the post from Craig Sibbald‘s goal-bound effort. He was rather unfortunate not to save the penalty.
Kenny Miller and Mark Warburton spoke to Rangers TV after the match.
Miller said: “You lose games in all kinds of circumstances and that penalty was an opportunity, did we deserve it? On the amount of the ball we had then we probably deserved to get something out of the game.
“It was one of those days when the keeper has pulled off a fantastic save in the last minute to keep the three points.”
Meanwhile, Warburton was understandably angry, he said:“It was a great recovery to get the equaliser and at half-time we were flying. At the interval, we went back out and we were in great shape, so that was really disappointing, and we’ve had a chat in there about why we gave the ball away so cheaply.
“But then, in the last 25-minutes, we dominated and we had to score the penalty. We had the chance, we had to score.
“There were a few other good shouts as well. We’re obviously very disappointed but the boys are very aware of the headlines that are coming and to feed off the negativity which will invariably come now as a result of that.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Rangers had 15 corners and not one of them resulted in anything productive.
Willie Collum – apparently Scotland’s top referee – being so naive to think Wilson’s tackle was inside the box. The teams that are heading to France in the summer must be licking their lips at the amount of penalties he may give. It was amateur stuff from him and his assistant. In fact, he made another error when he gave Rangers a penalty at the other end for Blair Alston‘s handball. Poor, poor day for him.
- Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan were partners in the back four again. Unsurprisingly, they were found wanting with the pace of Baird and O’Hara in behind. They do not look comfortable together whatsoever.
- The holding midfielder position is one that badly needs addressed. We were badly exposed as Vaulks found his way in behind the midfield time and time again.
- There was a noticeable number of direct passes from Wilson and Kiernan to Waghorn and co. – but they very rarely worked.
- Set-pieces were poor – in both boxes. They certainly need looked at. As I highlighted above, Rangers had 15 corners and not one looked at any point of creating danger for Falkirk – poor.
- The best spell in the game was when Nicky Law entered the field of play. He was direct in his play, making penetrative forward runs and getting shots in on goal.
- The pressing game seems to have completely evaporated into thin air. It was one of the main factors of the good start to the season and it would raise a few eyebrows if the players have been told to stop doing it.
- The form of the individual players is worrying. It’s not often that so many players go off form at the same time.
- In the last six league matches, we have a record of two wins, two draws and this two defeats – both to the 2nd and third-placed teams in the table.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
Hibs come to Ibrox on December 28th. Kick-off 3PM.