Thursday, 20 December 2018

The three stats which Stevie must fix ASAP


As we all know, Rangers really should have won that match last night. We try to avoid ‘what ifs’ on Ibrox Noise, but the reality is in the past few matches ‘what ifs’ are becoming a way of life with Rangers.

Going into last night’s fixture, Rangers had only scored one solitary goal in six matches’ open play. We warned about this in previous entries, and only prayed it would be resolved in Edinburgh, but the worrying truth is 19 shots at goal with a staggering 8 on target but no goals tells a deeply concerning story.

We even confessed Morelos’ presence last night wouldn’t strictly make a lot of difference and sadly we were proven correct as the Colombian hitman fluffed his lines several times, admittedly aided and abetted by a fine goalkeeping display from Bogdan.

Even worse was James Tavernier and Gareth McAuley effectively wasting open goal chances as well, and it has become apparent that despite Rangers being joint-top scorers in the SPL, points are being lost left right and centre due to this team’s staggering profligacy in front of goal.

It’s more than just a striker problem. More than a creation of chances problem.

It’s pure bottle. Nothing more.

While Gerrard has tried instil a bit of aggression and aggression, (no red cards for two matches, is that a record) the wastefulness in front of goal suggest a bunch of players doing their best but coming up short when it counts.

And that’s the bottom line – the Aberdeen semi at Hampden, last night’s draw at Hibs… these big opportunities come knocking and as Ibrox Noise’s Greg said, it’s getting almost boring watching us waste these chances every single time.

The one exception was against Hearts, but that was a Hearts on the downward slide and Morelos’ goal shouldn’t even have stood.

Every other time domestically Rangers have just not had it – just not had the edge, the killer instinct to get the team over the line, and it’s more than just Morelos missing.

Captain Fantastic James Tavernier’s miss was the single-most outstanding example of the problem with Rangers right now – bursting through on goal, only had to connect for a finish, and flubbed his lines so embarrassingly there wasn’t a Rangers’ fan in the land who didn’t scream ‘oh for **** sake’ at that moment.
And until this team learns to take its chances on the pressure occasions (and not against a 10-man Motherwell) also-rans will all they’ll ever be.

We hold zero blame on Gerrard for this – this is the players simply failing to capitalise on opportunities, and Stevie is powerless to do a thing about that from the dugout.

Hopefully January will see some new talent which brings with it the mental strength the team evidently lacks right now.

5 comments:

  1. It's not about us not creating chances. It's the players missing easy chances every game. Morelos needs about 6 great chances before he will score 1.
    We should maybe get a skrink in to sore out the players heads.
    We are in need of a change of formation. 2 up front should help, don't know why we only play with one up front when most teams don't even try to attack, just sit back and defend. Do we really need 2 holding midfielders against teams like Dundee and motherweMo

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  2. If/When we sign another striker, how do you think we will line up? It would have to change, morelos can't be dropped and of we get someone like Solanke he isn't coming to sit on the bench. I could see us attempting 352 again.

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  3. Simple. Average players at best. Let's stop kidding ourselves on, this team is no where near good enough to win a league title. We've got a class goal keeper and that's it as far as I am concerned. A million miles better than last year, but still not Rangers as I think of them. Sorry for being so negative but that's what I think. WATP.
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    1. I don't think you are being negative. I think you are being realistic. Did you ever really think Steven Gerrard could turn around the shambles of last season in one season. No chance. As you say miles better than last year and hopefully we can say the same next season and the season after that. If this season has shown us anything it's that we don't need to be that much better to compete with Ceptic. Even now with our average players, and hopefully a good January transfer window, we can run them close though ultimately we will fall short.

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  4. we need a couple of New Strikers cause Lafferty ain't Firing and we can't rely whole on Morelos

    Solanke on Loan? ...Shankland? ...Cummings? ...Waghorn? ...McBurnie? ...Sol?
    Kamberi?

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