Rangers captain slams XI

Rangers captain slams XI

Lee Wallace has given a slightly worrying insight into Rangers’ current squad depth by criticising the development squad’s poor display against Brentford’s B side this week.

Against the reserves of the mid-table English Championship Griffin Park side Rangers’ development XI was well beaten, despite featuring a host of first team squad players such as himself, Jak Alnwick, Graham Dorrans, Lee Hodson and Andy Halliday in concert with the traditional younger players.

Brentford B’s head coach Kevin O’Connor sent out a team which was head and shoulders above what Rangers offered, with Cole, Forss, and Clayton the scorers and Wallace was damning in his assessment:

“It was positive in the sense that I managed to bank 90 minutes, other than that, there aren’t many positives. The second half was a slightly better reaction and we got a bit closer to a very well-structured and well-drilled Brentford side, but moving forward, there is a lot of learning to be done from that first half. Each and every one of us fell short of the standards required here.”

The disconcerting aspect here is half the development squad were Rangers’ bench options or players returning from injury, and it bodes poorly for the depth manager Graeme Murty can call on presently that they were so unimpressive in what really should have been, at least, a far more even contest.

Furthermore with Eduardo Herrera a reported target for Chivas it potentially thins the ranks further, leaving truly slim pickings on the side when options are needed.

Naturally the one fillip is that some players are still to return, such as Ryan Jack, Jordan Rossiter and Ross McCrorie, but all of these are defensive midfielders and the prognosis for all three is unclear.

The lack of quality reserves at present on the bench is genuinely concerning – each area of the pitch is threadbare outwith the XI, with attack seeing only Cummings, midfield seeing Halliday, Kranjcar (when used), and Holt, and defence currently seeing Hodson and Wallace.

As more injuries inevitably get picked up, Rangers will have to call more on these guys, and frankly few make the grade.

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  1. The development squad were doing just fine up until this game, which makes me wander. Dorrans needs game time so i would not read anything into his display. Hogson also needs game time and we know he is only competent at RB. Wallace as well needs game time and its a toss of the coin as to who is worse Jak or Wes.
    we know the first time squad is thin however the development squad appears to be doing just fine without the 1st time fringe players so my point is maybe we shouldn't be overlooking the development squad youngsters for 1st team cover.

  2. He's got some cheek him, he was playing CH ffs.
    Perhaps the development squad isn't the problem Lee!!?

  3. Robbie and SJW Well said.

    First of all Wallace should be nowhere near the first team on recent form.

    Second your fear mongering is appalling.

    We've had a superb run up until the game on Sunday , where in my opinion should have made a simple substitution on bring on CUMDOG at that point to hammer an already weak Celtic defence.

    We have enough in reserve to take 2nd spot, which is huge progress considering the awful start to this campaign by El Presidente (not)

    What again for me, shines out is the poor performance of Alves and Cardoso in comparison to young guns McCrorrie and Bates.

    THAT in addition to Burt and Hardie is all good in the hood.

    My concern is whether or not so called "Gonna do it" guys like Dorrans and Jack actually are up to Rangers standards.

    Combined with the sicknotez

    No No

    We've done ALRIGHT


    Well done GRAEME MURTY ✔

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