Attitude adjustment badly needed at Ibrox

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HAMILTON, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Hamilton Academical and Rangers at Hope CBD Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Hamilton, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Remember the headlines last week about the draw at Hamilton and how Rangers were rubbish and it was an awful display and this that and the other?

Remove Ryan Jack’s worldie from Ibrox’s equation on Saturday and pretty much every word Allan McGregor slaughtered his side with could be used all over again.

We concede – the display v Killie was not quite as dreadful as that absolute catastrophe at New Douglas Park, but while Killie’s New Manager Syndrome was alive and well and the visitors were steely and up for the fight, the home side’s display was still unacceptable for a side about to win the title.

The number of players off the boil is pretty staggering, with only McGregor himself, Jack, Davis, Hagi and Itten getting the pass marks (more than, they took the whole burden for the side) while the rest stumbled aimlessly and frankly heartlessly through another 90.

None of the defenders impressed, with average outings from Goldson (who’s hit a strange time to suffer a drop in form) and Balogun (caught a couple of times) while Barisic and Tavernier continued to suffer from a pretty long running malaise in their displays respectively.

Joe Aribo was bloody terrible, until he finally woke up well into the second half following the first half goal, while Ryan Kent struggled to have any impact at all, yet again.

It’s just a very stagnant end to the season – sure, don’t get us wrong, we’ll pretty much cry with joy when 55 is secured, and it will be.

It’s just so disappointing that the performances are this torrid in the lead up to it.

3 points are all that matter, and at this point in the season, that’s probably truer than ever.

But the attitude of too many of our players was not only exposed at Hamilton, but carried on regardless v Killie.

We want to say ‘we’re sure Stevie will read the riot act etc’ but we said that last week and the response this time really wasn’t stark.

Still pedestrian, still lacking in incision.

Will it get better in Belgium?

We’ll see, won’t we?

3 COMMENTS

  1. calm down guys we could of scored 2 or 3 were and denied a clear pen I do agree some players need to start doing more and for 90 mins instead of only looking hungry for 30 mins at a time but I can’t remember killi getting a shot off mby I’m wrong but I didn’t feel like we were going to drop points at any point yesterday.. I will take 1-0 every game till it’s over the line I don’t care how it looks we have blasted away out of sight this season ceptic fans say they have handed us th title but th fact is there team havnt even put 1 finger on th trophy this season we have been so good since th first whistle we have given them no chance our lads have put a black cloud over there world and iv loved watching it as I’m sure everyone has .. we are 4 wins away from th ultimate middle finger to them and everyone eles who have loved sticking th boot into us over th last 10 years… I’m still struggling to get my head around it it’s been a long bitter road we have had to ride but we are almost there… watp… mon I gers

  2. I see this from a different angle . We all love SG and his coaches . However yesterday showed a weakness that there is a little stubborn attitude from the coaches. A couple of substitutions might have boosted our performance yesterday namely Kent and Aribo replaced by Wright and Arfield . There is a select three we know will never be dropped Goldson Tav and now Kent . This reluctance to change may have a detrimental effect on other squad members , perhaps not the real top pros like Davis Arfield Jack McGregor but on the others. I think it could be a factor.

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