Pedro Caixinha watched from the stands to see exactly what team and tactics Graeme Murty would use at Celtic Park for the old-firm showdown last Sunday. He certainly showed Pedro what can be done with an average standard of first team players using a well-balanced line-up and having a well worked plan A to stick to.
If Pedro places all the right players in their best positions it will be a good start to his Ibrox career, especially if he gets his tactics right, it will all help the chances of his much needed winning start this Saturday.
If all the players are fit to play except Halliday and Kranjcar, it will leave Rangers with a far better bench for Pedro to change from if the team dramatically needs to improve in the last 25 minutes or so, especially later in the game as some of the Hamilton players might tire. I am sure that Pedro will do whatever has to be done to gain the best possible results, starting this week.
Having a quick look back at last Sunday, to assess who could start against Martin Canning’s lot, and I am not blaming Foderingham for Armstrong’s goal, but a better keeper would probably have pushed his shot round the corner, but he did go on to have a couple of good saves although his kicking was awful throughout the match. I expect him to start as first choice keeper.
I was very impressed with Hodson who totally nullified the danger of Sinclair – no easy job! He has never let Rangers down and unfortunately for Lee and Rangers, Warburton always showed favouritism to Tavernier because he signed him from Wigan. It would be a liberty to drop him and he certainly should start.
I thought that Hill was very strong and determined throughout the Celtic match and put in an excellent shift and will always be remembered for his late equaliser. Certain starter.
Danny Wilson has been a disappointing centre half since re-uniting with Rangers via Liverpool reserves and former Hearts captain, personally I would sell him ASAP, to sign a much taller, good tackling centre back.
I would replace Wallace as captain of Rangers for next season, although I realise it would be a difficult decision for Pedro to make. He is far too quiet and is definitely not a leader of men.
In fairness to Warburton, he did bring Hyndman to our midfield and is a big asset to us. He is an accurate striker of the ball and set up the Rangers equaliser.
I like the energy of Holt and he runs his socks off, but he loses the ball far too often for me. I don’t think he’s Rangers class.
I was extremely unhappy with the performance of Barrie Mckay and it had to be against Celtic when he literally did nothing and was a complete passenger. Pedro will be anxious to see him playing much better this week.
I am fed up telling everybody Tavernier is a poor right back – it’s wing back or nothing. He needs a few games in a row to find his feet as a quality wing-back or sell him.
I think that Miller has been a revelation this year and always gives 110%, Pedro would be wise to use him.
Yes, Waghorn did miss two great chances, but he was twice in the right place to miss them. He does get stuck in to the opposition.
Garner, albeit he obviously didn’t play last weekend, always gets stuck in and he usually gets the retaliation in first. He never shirks from a battle with the centre halves and always gives his all. Pedro will be pleased to see he is scoring goals again.
Substitute Windass looked good when he came on and did his chances a power of good to get on the park at some stage this week.
By the time Forrester got his chance it was too late to do much. It probably depends on what he shows Pedro in training this week.
Here’s some points to note for the weekend:
• Should loan Ranger Toral get a start this week?
• Should Kiernan keep his place in the team?
• I would sell O’Halloran back to St Johnstone or anybody. He is fast and brainless and never a quality Rangers player.
• Will Rossiter get match fit soon, as we need him back to stiffen up the defence.
• Will Senderos will get a chance to start with Pedro?
• Will Kranjcar be in Pedro’s long term plans?
• Will Halliday get a starting place once he is fit again?
• Would you like to see Jak Alnwick play?
• If 6’ 4”, 20-year-old David Bates has got any talent should Pedro use him as defensive midfielder?
• Will Matt Crooks get another chance to come back to Scotland under Pedro?
Let us know your thoughts in the usual place, folks.