Saturday, 9 September 2017

Comment: Rangers 4 - 1 Dundee


Before we analyse today’s win over Dundee, it must be remembered that just like v County, we faced a bottom-feeding side, in this case, with just a single point to their name all season.

Just like County there was a bit of toiling before we finally broke our opponent down, and just like County, there was a messy goal conceded to spoil things a touch.

But, and this is laced with caution; that is now two league wins in a row for the first time this season, and even more importantly, three matches unbeaten.

By no means are Rangers the finished product – miles off it in truth. But the past two matches have shown the team can produce something with merit.

The first half possession was 64/36 which screamed of the Warburton era, with 10 shots for Rangers to Dundee’s none. But of course this time Rangers had got their reward before the opening 45 was over.

And Neil McCann’s stuffy Tayside outfit nearly did some real damage immediately after the break, with two or three gilt-edge chances that they should have buried.

But once Josh Windass soared a well-deserved header into the back of the Ibrox net to make it two, it was a foregone conclusion.

Rangers played some half decent stuff today – Daniel Candeias was a well-deserved Man of the Match, with a convincing display to boast of. Brian Laudrup he may not be but he has fit well into Scottish football and is providing a solid outlet on the right, as well as being able to play a bit, score a bit, shoot a bit, and defend a bit. His crossing too has improved significantly and that assist for Windass was outstanding.

He is a gritty and able player who has a touch of ability about him too, and he has blended nicely into the system Pedro Caixinha has gone with.

But no one is forgetting Morelos, who really has embraced the game here and our club. This kid is a find, with goals aplenty and is now convincingly the country’s top scorer. This is the first time Rangers have had someone on top of the scoring charts in Scotland for many, many years and it is a breath of fresh air.

And crucially we must hark back to the importance of winning today. Dundee might not be devastatingly good, but in order to excel in any league you must mop up the bread and butter teams and manage as many wins as you can against the cream of the division. And now we see seven goals in two matches giving us a critical six points at a time of the season when we want to start seeing a Rangers playing like one.

There is a long long way to go. September is a crucial month. We have a trip to Hamilton, plus a visit from that green and white lot. And come October we could well be looking back on these two results as a false dawn. It has happened before and will happen again. But Pedro and Rangers have given themselves a chance now. A chance to go on a bit of a run and get some consistency going.

Fourth place in the league – it is not where we want to be but it is the right direction.

We must keep on going in it.

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