No one noticed Rangers’ big secret in 4-0 drubbing

No one noticed Rangers’ big secret in 4-0 drubbing
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 24: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, head coach of Glasgow Rangers celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League play-Off Secaon Leg match between PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers at Phillips Stadium on August 24, 2022 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

No one noticed this, but Saturday’s win at Tynecastle featured the most summer signings in one match since the window closed.

Ben Davies, Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak all started while Tillman appeared as a second half substitute, and where their performances were varying, is there any coincidence Rangers’ shape and overall performance was the best this season?

Rangers signed these players in the summer, and while John Souttar appears already to be a busted flush, Tom Lawrence has already impressed, where Turk Ridvan will take a little longer.

But the fact that the summer work may just tentatively be beginning to bear fruit is very significant indeed.

The big difference on Saturday, for us, was the presence of Matondo – while his individual outlay wasn’t vintage, the balance he gave on the right side allowed the shape in general to work extremely well.

In recent times, it’s been Wright, or Arfield, or Tillman – any number of ill-fitting players who don’t suit that position.

But a right-footed right winger out wide gave the shape the right equilibrium and Rangers looked much, much more dangerous for it, with a superior transition between midfield and attack and more dangerous forages into the opposition box.

There’s no coincidence Kent had his best afternoon of the season, even if many fans want to slaughter him anyway, with a stunning assist and even better goal – he needs to impact more but overall, this was the best he’s done in a long time.

And that shape, using so many summer signings and making some badly-needed changes, made such a difference.

McGregor certainly helped a bit too, as it happens, but finally, we may be seeing the summer work bear some fruit at long last.

We’re an impatient bunch all right.

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  1. Kent having his best match of the season you must be joking.Get yourself off to speck savers he should not be getting a start.

  2. Agree with Dave Mac , apart from the 1 cross and a late good goal . Kent was poor , he’s no interested in playing for the Famous or signing his deal. Both him and Morelos need to sitting in the stand disrespectful wretches.

  3. Yes we are an impatient lot true ,however we are very lucky to still be in the race as we could so easily be out of it .At rangers you just dont get the luxury of “bedding in ” for 6 to 8 weeks as claimed by bennet and most certainly NOT a tanking off your bitter rivals .
    Our signings need to hit the ground running far quicker ,as the way it works here you could be out the league by september …crazy but true .

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