By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock on Wednesday evening.
Andy Halliday must be sold
The central midfielder’s form has rapidly decreased since his altercation with one-time England international Joey Barton earlier in the season. His first touch, lack of nous to find space and questionable accuracy when passing to a teammate have seen the likes of Jason Holt, Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral all rise above him in the pecking order, and tonight proved why. Selling him in the summer will free up a slot in Caixinha’s midfield to bring in a new player, who must be an improvement on the 25-year-old.
Barrie McKay should be dropped
McKay, 20, is lacking consistency in his game at the moment. Becoming an assist master as well as notching a few of his own goals earlier in the season, McKay has struggled in recent matches and that was no more apparent than on Wednesday night against Lee McCulloch’s Killies. The Gers academy product offered very little in attack, as Pedro Caixinha’s side struggled to make a breakthrough against a side who had previously kept just one clean sheet in nine games. Consistency is needed, but McKay should be dropped ahead of Sunday’s clash against Aberdeen.
Centre-back must be bought
Clint Hill’s contract is now in its final two months, while the performances of Rob Kiernan and Philippe Senderos have been questionable to say the least. With Danny Wilson arguably the Gers only decent centre-back at this level after David Bates tussled with veteran striker Kris Boyd, Portuguese boss Caixinha’s transfer priority must be to bring a new central defender to Ibrox in the summer as he looks to add leaders to a side that seemingly are unable to gel at the moment.
In other Rangers news, Killie striker Boyd had earlier slammed the Gers recruitment.