Having secured three points at McDiarmid, Ibrox Noise picked up a few observations of what Rangers did today up north. So without further ado, here’s things we learned at Saints.
1: It is absolutely unequivocal as if we didn’t already know, that regardless of manager and circumstance, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson are 100% guaranteed their places. Doesn’t matter what their form is, only injury keeps either of them from starting. This will never change until either/both leave. It’s the way it is. All other players are vying to play beside them, or covering them with injury. Neither are accountable for their Rangers slot, and it’s depressing.
2: Tom Lawrence might be lacking match fitness but he showed a bit of poise, creativity and presence. If this guy can stay fit, Rangers could have a brand new ‘free’ signing on our hands in the Welshman. Not long before he’s playing for his country again either. Good to have him back.
3: Lundstram is catching some form again, dare we say it. He’s not been as sluggish, he’s looked more energetic, and he seems hungry again. He’s working hard and while he’s not the best on earth any more, he’s a lot better than his horrible season last campaign was. Pity mud sticks and his name is still greeted with groans.
4: No John Souttar or Ryan Jack today was concerning. Both dumped on the bench despite neither playing much during the break meant there wasn’t a Scot for miles in the Rangers side. This isn’t healthy. Sorry, but it just isn’t.
5: The front line continues to misfire. Danilo’s header was great, and Sima did show some signs of life, but Lammers was poor and nothing gelled terribly well. It wasn’t till Ibrox Noise’s recommendation of Lawrence, Roofe and Matondo kicked in late in the second half that suddenly the front line spluttered into some action, and got a nifty goal too.
6: Cantwell’s absence wasn’t especially harshly felt mainly because he’s been mismanaged most of this season and hasn’t looked settled. Blame Beale for that one. We don’t really know what the boss is doing half the time.
7: What formation was today? Ridvan wasn’t offering width, Tav again was on the right, Lawrence was mainly central left and no one was actually wide on that side at all. It looked like some sort of 4-2-3-1 but there weren’t the angles that formation needs. Again, Beale doesn’t know how to set this messy squad up. Thankfully against the worst team in the league it wasn’t punished.
8: Did Rangers escape two penalty claims? Did they have a goal wrongly ruled out too? VAR came into play a bit again, but it definitely benefited the visitors more than the hosts.
9: Matondo continues to shine. He’s starring as a major impact sub but there’s a real sense he’s being underused. Overall, Rabbi Matondo is probably our best player this campaign. Not saying much in truth.
10: We cannot fathom a single reason Ben Davies started today.
And that’s the lot.