Written by – Jamie Currie
Another step closer to securing the title and the promotion that accompanies it. However, Rangers made hard work of it as they won 4-3 against a battling Queen of the South side on Saturday. Harry Forrester gave Rangers the lead in the 15 minute. He calmly slotted beyond Thomson after playing a superb one-two with Andy Halliday. It was Queens who would equalise half-way through the first half. Kyle Hutton managed to bamboozle Dom Ball before finding Oliver, and the former Hearts youngster skinned Danny Wilson, played in Iain Russell and the striker was brought down by Lee Wallace. Russell got up and sent Wes Foderingham the wrong way. However, Rangers would come out all guns blazing in the second half, score three goals and play some outstandingly attractive football in the process. Michael O’Halloran would restore Rangers’ lead after bringing down Lee Wallace’s cross and whipping his shot into the top corner. Andy Halliday made it 3-1 when he was in the middle to profit from some intricate play on the edge of the box between Wilson, Wallace and Miller. The fourth was much the same a slick team move ended with James Tavernier popping up in the middle of the goal for the easiest of finishes. Rangers, however, were made to sweat. Oliver pulled it back to 4-2 after some slack defending, then just before the end Mark Millar fired a low long-rage effort beyond Foderingham to make the final score 4-3.
MAN OF THE MATCH
He scored the opening goal and was unlucky not to add to his tally. His pace, awareness and trickery was a constant threat to Queens.
Mark Warburton and Harry Forrester spoke to Rangers TV after the victory.
Warburton said: “It was a good goal and I’m pleased for Harry. He’s done so well, a technically gifted player, and he wants to play football.
“He reminds me of a street player, playing in the playground, that’s what Harry is about.
“Great ability and good goal but as I said we just got sloppy. There were gaps and we didn’t get to the ball – it wasn’t Rangers.
“There were some good individual moments, and the 15 minutes after half time were very good, but around it you can learn a lot when you are not at your best.”
Forrester said: “It was good and to get on the scoresheet was great too obviously. We got the three points which is the most important thing.
“We’re not happy with the performance through because we don’t like to concede goals and today we conceded three.
“However we’ve got to take the positives and today we scored four goals and won the three points.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Michael O’Halloran scored his first Rangers goal at Ibrox. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
James Tavernier’s goal. it gave a three-goal cushion and prevented Rangers from drawing the game.
- The defence was poor. For all they have been praised in recent weeks, they made elementary errors, and ones which they should be really cutting out at this stage of their progression as a back five.
- Halliday and Holt were excellent on Saturday for long spells, and it was probably one of Halliday’s most dominant performances in a while.
- The front three were excellent: pace, movement and had a clinical edge to their game.
- Wallace and Tavernier were getting up and down all day and it was nice to see Tavernier grab his first goal since the 6-0 battering of Dumbarton.
A trip to Raith Rovers on Saturday – 3pm kick off.