Lethargic Rangers limp to 3 points

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Joe Aribo of Rangers reacts after a missed oppertunity during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 13, 2021 in Glasgow, 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)

Rangers’ return to winning ways on Saturday was not without ardour, and while the performance was marginally better than the dross we witnessed at Hamilton, the ‘response’ as Tom Miller and Kevin Thomson rightly put it was simply not the level we expected.

While Steven Davis bossed the match like a pro, and Ryan Jack’s steady hands kept the backdoor fairly unthreatened (not to mention his sizzling strike), it has to be said far far too many of this Rangers team are sleepwalking to 55.

We’ll still win it, yes, we will still win 55 – there is no stopping Rangers.

But it’s more than a touch disappointing to see only a portion of the starters actually looking like they care, or even worse, picking and choosing when they do.

Joe Aribo was a huge culprit in that first half – the man barely moved. No off-ball work, little enthusiasm and his lack of guts and effort were palpable. A bit better in the second half thank God.

In truth, Ryan Kent wasn’t far behind him, in an uncharacteristically flat and meek offering, while both full backs continued to rather sleepwalk as they have the past month.

Indeed, only Hagi, Jack, Davis and the starved Itten appeared present and alert for this one, which is disappointing to say the least.

Scott Wright injected a major dose of energy, and we’ll get to that later, but while we’re obiously thrilled with the win and the three points, the lethargy and downright apathy of these players is starting to grate, and too few look truly like they care.

It wasn’t rubbish, but it was far from great, and but for returning Davis and Jack, and the guts of Hagi and Itten, this one might well have been more dropped points from many players who look like they don’t care.

Are they scared? Maybe.

But they have big challenges to come and they need to bring their balls to this otherwise better teams than Killie will have joy against us.

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  1. I was really looking forward to today thinking we’d get a real response to last week. I was so disappointed after another poor performance. We are quickly going from deservedly winning 55 in style to winning it because Ceptic haven’t been good enough.

  2. the level of criticism aimed at the player is astounding, yes performances have dipped and not what we would like to see but the last 2 games have been against 2 clubs fighting for survival how dare they make it hard for us

    Davis was superb today the defence never looked like losing a goal and we get this type of sensationalism give us a break these players have achieved fantastic things this season couple of games where we have grind it out and off we go drop this guy drop that guy read the riot act OMG try supporting with less of the super critical crap we have enough of that coming at us from the rest of the scottish press for god sake.

  3. Most of what Robrob57 says is true perhaps apart from using the rotten mobs shit play as the reason we are going to win. Let’s be truthfully honest it’s been poor for a while for lots of reasons but we are top by a mile because we’re unbeaten , more clean sheets than anyone , unbeaten against the so called nearest rivals Lolo, . Yes we need to finish in style it would be great but winning this title is everything to put that mob back in their place and stop the noise 😂🤣

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