Rangers 4-1 Livingston: The Alternative Match Report

Pic: Skysports

Written by – Jamie Currie

MATCH SUMMARY

It was the typical game of two halves, but it was also a game in which Rangers blew Livingston away, especially in the first half. It could have been six or seven at the break, but fortunately for Livingston, it was only four. The first goal came from a short corner – Danny Wilson was first to react to Waghorn’s shot being saved to head home. Martyn Waghorn helped himself to a double, but that came either side of a Kenny Miller grasscutter for the third. The second half was of the flat variety. Nicky Law should have added to the lead, but his shot was smartly saved, and then Andy Halliday saw his spot-kick saved after Liam Buchanan scored Livi’s consolation.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Barrie McKay

Just like last week, Barrie McKay stole the show. He gave Declan Gallagher a torrid time, and his decision-making and final ball are getting better all the time. It was another very good wing display from the 21-year-old. A joy to watch when in this kind of form.

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Danny Wilson and Mark Warburton who spoke to Rangers TV post-match.

Wilson was over the moon to get his goal, and he said: “I’m delighted. It was more important that we got the three points today, but I think I’m maybe overdue a goal. We don’t put a lot of crosses into the box, but today it was about being in the right place at the right time, and luckily it fell my way.”

Mark Warburton was pleased with yet another victory, he told Rangers TV:“We won the match four one and it was a superb first half performance. We were strong, we moved the ball with good quality and we could have had more goals.”

STAT OF THE MATCH

Those four goals took Rangers’ goal tally to 61 in just 20 league fixtures.

KEY MOMENT

Martyn Waghorn’s penalty kick: It sealed all three points, and made sure there would be no way back for Livingston.

ANALYSIS

  • Two goals from short corners. They do work, and that was proven in this match. But Rangers have to continue to make more of set-pieces. Scoring two in this fixture was long overdue  and hopefully Rangers will continue to become a real threat from set-pieces as the season progresses.
  • Lee Wallace was instrumental. He was playing like a second left-winger, and most of the good play came down his side. It also allowed McKay to drift into small pockets of space in behind the Livingston midfield, and they struggled to cope with it, especially in the opening 45.
  • The back two looked very accomplished, and they are starting, slowly but surely, to form a good partnership and get to grips with how each other play. Again, they were both helped  because the defensive line seems to be deeper than it was at the beginning of the season. Mark Warburton seems to be happy to stick with that.
  • The pressing game was back on show – and it was relentless –Livingston couldn’t cope with it at all.
  • The midfield three were very good. Not only did they press superbly, but Jason Holt and Nicky Law were making selfish runs into the channels and that opened up space for the front three to exploit.

TWEETS OF THE MATCH

MATCH STATS

Stats from RFC
Stats from RFC

LEAGUE TABLE

Table from RFC
Table from RFC
WHAT’S NEXT

A trip to Cappielow is next on the fixture list. Rangers will be hoping for a repeat of the 4-0 win they managed to get when they visited earlier on in the season.

 

 

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