Just when we thought Motherwell was about the worst win we’ve experienced in recent times, somehow Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s sinking Rangers deliver an absolute travesty against midtable Championship side Dundee in the worst win we’ve experienced in recent times.
This was, but for Steven Davis’ scrappy headed winner (laughably awarded MOTM by a person presumably poor of sight), a true poverty of a match in which a couple of players did walk away with passmarks (the energetic Ridvan and Wright) but generally the fare on display was so astonishingly awful the crowd booed a win, rightly, at full time.
We’ve barely seen a worse display against more meagre opposition, who, diabolically, could have won this one themselves, than this absolutely putrid performance which verged on criminal.
To manage, at home, in total, less shots than Celtic did in the first half away at Fir Park, is… every indication of where we are right now.
This is now going into embarrassing territory, if it wasn’t already there. From Alfredo Morelos’ weak and uninspired display carrying what looked like an extra pound or two, to Gio’s absolutely shocking decision to give Jon McLaughlin yet another chance when it should have been Robby McCrorie’s time to shine, everything we saw out there screamed of a dying era.
Gio’s insistence, AGAIN, on selecting the John Lundstram Steven Davis duo which he knows a hundred times over DOES NOT WORK meant Rangers had absolutely no midfield once more, and while possession was dominated by the home side, passing the ball around defence, and inside the flanks, really doesn’t count as productive.
This was just dire, pathetic – the only positive we could take was no injuries and we got through.
But that a match v such modest opponents was this level of a struggle bodes deeply worrying going forward. It didn’t matter than it was in places a fringe selection, the quality was, on paper, vastly superior to our guests.
But they probably played the majority of good football while turgid fare from the hosts embellished Ibrox.
Yes, we won, and yes we’re through, but how much longer can performances like this against sides we should be rattling 6 by go on?
This really was a bit of a flagship moment, and we doubt Gio is going to last much longer with displays like these.