Rangers were finally back in action as the long-awaited return of the Famous to the turf took place at Firhill on Monday.
Ibrox Noise takes you through 5 things we learned on what was really just supposed to be a meaningless friendly.
1: Glenn Middleton isn’t mentally strong enough to play for Rangers. It was only a friendly. It was only pre-season. But that choke in front of goal in the first half showed he can do it for a lighter shirt like St Johnstone’s, but the expectation of the Famous weighs too heavily on him. Talented player, but not strong enough to cope with Rangers.
2: Rangers’ disjoined first half was a smart move from Stevie to weed out the fringe players and expose them as the weak links. A pile of squad players began the first 45 and the performance, while not horrible, was flat at best. Scott Wright was bright, and Jones had his moments, but overall it was a half designed to show why these guys are on the bench or excluded altogether.
3: And that was never more apparently than the far smoother second half. With the calm influence of the settled back four and Davis in midfield alongside Aribo not to mention a strong forward line, Rangers looked infinitely more assured and while it was just a single goal, despite the match being a friendly, the difference between both halves was night and day.
4: Scott Wright is determined to take every chance he gets. A standout in the first half, this £350,000 signing is pushing Ryan Kent all the way, and the manager just loves his work ethic. A bright, hungry and energetic player.
5: Is this Cedric Itten’s year? Good positioning for his goal, and with doubts over Alfredo Morelos’ future (aren’t there always, mind you) there’s currently a bit of a vacancy to be Rangers’ number one striker. We can’t conclude much from a friendly goal v Partick, but Itten was top scorer for Switzerland in the Euro qualifers with good reason.
We’ll have more reaction to this match over the course of the day.