Written by – Jamie Currie
Rangers produced another poor performance as they lost 1-0 against Livingston at the Toni Macaroni Arena.
Rangers started like they meant business. Andy Halliday’s shot went wide. Michael O’Halloran was unlucky too, but after a good move, he fired wide.
Livingston came into it and had two good chances before taking the lead. Stanton shot wide; Mullen also shot wide. And the home side would take the lead when Matthew Knox’s superb free-kick was headed home by Craig Halkett.
However, it didn’t get any better in the second period. Livingston were comfortable and could have added a second through Liam Buchanan but his shot was denied by Wes Foderingham’s face. Rangers had a few chances of their own – Kenny Miller shot wide and Billy King then Jason Holt were denied by McCallum but it was the third poor display in a row from this Rangers side.
Mark Warburton spoke to Rangers TV and understandably he looked seething with what he had just witnessed.
As a club it’s not about the players separate from the staff, it’s us together.
“That was way below our standard, one point from nine. Hibs after the Celtic game, you can maybe say it’s understandable, not acceptable but understandable.
“Saturday you can say about the celebrations but still again not good enough.
“But tonight was way below Rangers’ level and you can say the team were tired, they’ve had no days off, but those guys [Livingston] are scrapping in relegation play-offs.
“They won tonight and they had the two best chances in the first half, so for all the possession, that’s not acceptable to Rangers Football Club.
“It’s not about them, as in players, it’s one group together and that’s not our standard.”
MAN OF THE MATCH
Unfortunately, no one deserves any kind of praise after such a poor display.
Craig Halkett’s header just before half-time. It gave Livi all three points.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Since winning the title against Dumbarton, Rangers have picked up one point from the last three fixtures.
- Set-pieces: why can’t Rangers defend them, why? Is it the zonal marking, is it the lack of height or is it lack of defensive pride? Whatever it is, it has to be addressed; hopefully before Sunday.
- It looked like the bucket, spades and flip-flops were out last night. Sloppy and ponderous all over the park – and as has been said previously this side cannot afford to coast and win games of football.
- Over-playing is becoming more evident. Instead of looking for the killer pass, the players have been playing the safe ball. Yes, that’s fine in some instances, but not when you are playing Hibs, Alloa, and Livingston.
- The players look like they are mentally tired. They will need this break coming up to re-charge and rest.
The final league match of the season, which will now take on greater importance than it ought to.