Why Rangers destroying Dunfermline really matters for Stevie

Why Rangers destroying Dunfermline really matters for Stevie
Rangers FC's head coach Steven Gerrard gives a press conference on the eve of their match against Belgian club Standard de Liege on the first day of the group phase (group D) of the UEFA Europa League football competition, in Liege on October 21, 2020. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / Belga / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)

If you’ll recall from autumn 2019, Rangers travelled to East Fife in the third round of the League Cup with a fringe squad, and performed dreadfully. Matt Polster, Andy Halliday, Greg Stewart and Greg Docherty were in the starting XI and while we won 0-3 the display was rotten.

So after last night’s demolition, let’s not downplay the significance of this Rangers fringe XI obliterating their opponent.

‘It was only Dunfermline’ doesn’t fully wash if Celtic take full credit for smashing hapless Dundee, or Rangers are criticised for struggling in Fife.

The reality is Rangers didn’t face Dynamo Zagreb, but they put in by a distance their best performance of the season, on a winless night where even a victory would be discredited.

And that’s why these fringe players stand out – they stood up to the modest task of the Pars, and unlike the useless lot back in 2019 at Methil, they performed with desire, cohesion, energy and distinction.

They deserve credit just like anyone else, and while we’re not judging too much, we can’t also sit back and ignore it either.

We needed this, and our fringe players delivered when others haven’t for this club.

Maybe they’re not fringe players any more?

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  1. That was so much better last night the passing was crisper, the movement was excellent , we still made mistakes and gave up possession quite a lot. Let’s be honest Dunfermline are a poor lot. But the critical outcome was the total win and statement of intent I hope . Bassey was very good Wright also looked sharp and Paterson. Roofe was a threat all evening , I also agree I wouldn’t have played Goldson but we all know why he plays no matter. . I think SG will use some of this team for the Armenia game but you do need experience so Stevie D will return as will Morelos . Tav will probably return too . I think someone will be sold very soon.

  2. 4-0 after 33 minutes against a poor Dunfermline side (beat 3-0 by Patrick Thistle) and only scoring one more goal suggests once again we’ve put the tools away.

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