It was so pleasing to see Rangers play well against Ayr United on Sunday and score 6 goals in the process. It was a brilliant attacking line-up that treated the fans to 31 shots on goal and mostly superb performances all over the pitch.
There was a real desire to win this away Cup tie and boy did they deliver – yes in droves! There were so many positives to take away from the Somerset Park performance, but alas, pundits might point out that it was only against inferior opposition from the lower divisions.
We have witnessed Rangers struggle for a number of years now against inferior teams, so I was delighted with what I was watching down in Ayr.
The weather was atrocious and the pitch was heavy and to me, that makes the win all the more impressive.
There is no denying that a number of Rangers fans have never felt that our goalie Foderingham is the best, but he certainly has improved since coming to Ibrox.
I personally feel that he is a good shot stopper but exceptionally poor with cross balls which continue to cost us goals. I would be looking for us to sign a much taller, experienced goalie, if we are to actually win the league again.
Murty changed to a 4-4-2 formation to include a diamond midfield shape. His idea was to see if he could get Morelos and Cummings working as a goal scoring pairing and it did work out fairly well with 3 goals between them.
The fans are very interested to see if Morelos and Cummings can start more games together to see if it will work in the SPL, where most teams flood their midfield and defence against us to try and deny us space. Murty has confirmed he is interested in sticking with the formation. He said:
“It is in its infancy and it is a start. I just wanted to see if it would work and if they would complement one another, and I thought at times they made the same runs as they are a similar type of player. But, we showed we have got people who can score goals, and if we can get both of them understanding one another, and we can get a better understanding with them, then it is something I wouldn’t be afraid to do again.”
But for his next away game against Hamilton this Sunday, will Murty go back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 SPL line-up or remain with the pairing up top?
The performance against Ayr United will have given Murty plenty food for thought. Personally, I would play the same exciting team again as the Accies are really struggling at the moment (not surprising given we signed their best player) and Aberdeen beat them 3-0 in their last match.