Contrary to both sides’ form, Rangers absolutely destroyed St Mirren in easily the side’s most credible and competent performance of the season.
Ibrox Noise brings you 10 things we learned against the Buddies:
1: We’ll start with everyone’s favourite Rangers player for today, Fashion Sakala. Yes, this was probably the best he’s played in the shirt pretty much since he arrived, but St Mirren just didn’t look up for it at all and gave him enough space to bring himself and the Titanic. He thrived on what he was given though, and the assist for Colak’s second was outstanding. When he starts doing that on a regular basis, we’ll hold our hands up and admit we got him very very wrong.
2: Antonio Colak is a miracle of a striker. 13 in 15 is an absolutely stunning return, the only striker we know of in world football with better stats is obviously Erling Haaland. What an astonishing hitman we have robbed PAOK of.
3: If Gio ever starts Steven Davis and John Lundstram in the same midfield again, we know he’s deliberately trying to lose. Once again, Lundstram was outstanding without the NI man around, and we’ve said till we’re deaf, they CANNOT PLAY TOGETHER and it’s deeply counterproductive.
4: What does Gio have against Colak and a hattrick. He keeps taking Colak off just when the boy is about to get one, and frankly the fans booed the decision. They were completely justified.
5: Gio looks even dumber for dropping our Croat megastar for two UCL flops in a row. If Goalak isn’t in the starting lineup on Wednesday our manager is just brute force stubborn.
6: Matondo, unfortunately, didn’t take his chance half as well as his opposite number. This was a stale and directionless display from the Wales man (post smash aside) and he’ll need to do better if he’s to have any chance of making an impression.
7: Ryan Kent’s dropping didn’t do that much for his motivation when he came on. He looked much the same as he has in recent weeks and months, and it didn’t give him the kick up the backside. Even Ridvan touched the ball more.
8: Speaking of, our Turk looked a bit more at ease with the SPL today. Good passing, good vision, and looks like he might be settling in. He did a lot with his cameo.
9: How good is it to have Greegsy back? He just reassures that defence so much more, and there’s no coincidence it looks more solid now. What a completely dumb and stupid decision to have McLaughlin as number one.
10: The formation reverted to Gio’s old 4-2-3-1 and that definitely worked better than some of the bonkers things he’s being trying in recent weeks. Players knew what they were doing, where they were, and how to play. A lot better.
There’s probably more but that’s what we picked up.