When we were scathing some weeks ago about the rank rotten display at Fir Park and argued this Rangers side had shown a complete lack of ethic and care about the match, we were slaughtered by many for suggesting the players don’t care.
Since then, despite mostly winning, it’s evident a number of these players are in autopilot mode and have already got their heads in 21/22 or worse.
While Gerrard’s team selection was not the best (Zungu, really?) the complete lethargic display from too many of those players shot ourselves in the foot again as just like at Fir Park, a lack of guts and effort cost us two points.
This Rangers team is not convincingly striding to 55, it’s stumbling.
There. Bold. I said it.
It had been glorious till the turn of the year, but once again a new year lull has set in and the performances are mostly horrible.
We can’t remember the last all-round good display from this squad, certainly not this year, and it’s ugly on the eyes.
Thankfully, we’ve been grafting out wins far more often than not and it’s bailed our displays out.
But today Rangers didn’t even score – an OG gave us an undeserved lead, and Hamilton’s 11th hour equaliser gave them a more than deserved point.
Now, let’s be clear – I am not slaughtering this club and we can as a whole be absolutely thrilled with the imminent 55 and the effort from the players to get there. It’s been incredible.
But the turn of the year has definitely seen a downturn in effort, performance and play overall, as more and more players have seemed to switch off.
We absolutely know Stevie will be giving every player a barrel load of hell in that dressing room, every player apart from McGregor and Davis, that is, who shone above everyone.
We want to say we NEVER expect to see that again, but we’re sure we said that after Motherwell and here we are again.
It’s not ‘you can’t win them all’ because that’s true – but you MUST show guts in them all.
And Rangers, recently, far too many times, haven’t.
Time to read the riot act and scare these guys into getting back into where they were before New Year.