Saturday, 11 April 2015

Punched at Palmerston: Raith reaction



Stuart McCall’s Rangers Revolution had been absolutely flying. Two colossal wins against the Edinburgh pair plus a convincing dispatch of Fifers Cowdenbeath followed a patchy pair of draws at the beginning of his tenure, and many fans bought into a corner being truly turned by lieu of those three wins in a row.

Then Rangers travelled to Palmerston Park and got firmly put in their place yet again by a Queen of the South side who have the Indian sign over Rangers and replace Alloa as the Govan team’s bogey outfit.

Last time, under the chaos of the McCoist era, Rangers were easily overcome 2-0. This time the score was even more convincing for James Fowler’s men who have now embarrassed two entirely separate Rangers regimes (both management and board) in the space of a few months.

The post-match reaction was mildly hysterical. Fans who had been waxing lyrical about the change in the team and complimenting the likes of Mohsni, Law, Miller and Vuckic now dismissed them all in language I cannot repeat here, and castigated McCall for ‘getting it wildly wrong’, while giving the opposition absolutely no credit at all for tactically outfoxing their visitors.

It is absolutely true that guys like Templeton, Vuckic & Law had bad nights, and the desire, hunger, cohesion and pace of recent games was damningly absent v QoS.

But it seems slightly mirthful to castrate McCall for his tactics and team selection when pre-match every comment praised it.

Not one wise comment of ‘this formation will not work tonight’, or ‘Templeton is not the right player to start’ before 19:45.

No, the high-and-mighty wisdom came in hindsight, when all was said and done.

And not a single comment of credit that Queens were plain good. They countered viciously, quickly, and bided their time to await their opportunities, while suffocating Murdoch and Law in midfield. They deserved their win and credit to Fowler and his players for nailing it.

It is true that Rangers lacked hunger, and did not fight like they have previously, and it is also true that McCall did not make the changes needed to turn it around.

Unfortunately the bench had Hardie, Sinnamon, Crawford, Shiels (not fully fit) and Boyd on it. Hardly an embarrassment of options with which to change a match. And one imagines McCall gave them an earful at full time in ‘bad language’ like he said he delivered to them at the first meeting.

But let us get some context: put simply, this was a bad night, one to respect, take on the chin, and learn from. Rangers will come out all guns blazing for Sunday’s match v Raith, and McCall will adjust necessarily for the match and get it right.

You learn far more from losing than from winning, and we cannot leap from Erskine Bridge over one loss.

9 comments:

  1. McCall inherited a poor team on a downward spiral. There's a worrying impatience from some sections. Queens were okay but the own goal was a hammer blow.

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  2. Its true what Rabbie said, bickerin brattle means you have to scratch your beasties, but McCall is a definite improvement and we can look forward with confidence.

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  3. Nice quote there but I think you'll find it was Bomber who said that in the context of the need for a few improvements around the stadium. Talking of which when are the volunteers going to start?

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    1. Calvin, long time nice to see you back. Bomber's comments were regarding Donald Findlay's notorious garbage which were even worse than my missteps. Still going about the Louden?

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  4. The truth is we dominated most of the first half and should have been ahead ourselves at half time. The second goal was a killer and had us rushing about trying to recover thereafter. The mistakes from the usually excellent Lee Wallace can be counted on the fingers of one hand so i have no fear of them being repeated. The surface does appear to be a factor with us no matter what people say. If we get them in the play offs then i think wee Stuart will revert to the system that we played against Hibs a few weeks ago and that will be more than enough to see us through. I am still very optimistic, we are Glasgow Rangers and when the crunch comes we will be ready, aye ready!!!!

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    1. Well we have a lot of flaws, if (and I only hope he does not) he does not have a few hidden gems of performances we will be humped in the play off and it wont matter the opposition. The facts at the minute are that we will have a great support, might keep, us in the tie, but any team that plays with a good plan, scores a couple of goals will beat us, think we need to be planning another year in the championship with a decent manager, some core skilled and youthfull players and perhaps 2 really experienced and fit 30 plus J

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  5. This team is terrible,Mcall not the man for the job. The End

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    1. wake up for christ sake,,give him a chance,,the end

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  6. lets see ibrox full today and help our club,, watp.

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