29-year-old is lost: Three things learned about Rangers in win v Motherwell
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha will have taken plenty of things to consider away from Fir Park after his Rangers side earned a narrow 2-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday afternoon.
Here, Football Insider analyses three talking points from the Gers’ first win of the 2017-18 season which is sure to put the dismay of their premature Europa League exit behind them:
Build the team around Windass
At just 23 years of age and starting away from his natural position from the middle of the park, Josh Windass was one of the best players on the park as he provided a constant thorn in Motherwell’s defence throughout. The former Accrington Stanley ace has seemed to develop an abundance of pace that has come from nowhere during pre-season, as he glided past opponents from start to finish. The Gers’ number 11 was unlucky not to score, as he hit the woodwork on two separate occasions during the match, and Caixinha must look to build his side around the midfielder for years to come.
Massive midfield improvement; key to Gers’ title challenge?
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Replacing Andy Halliday and Jason Holt with Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans is going to prove dividends this season, and it is clear to see that from the Gers’ first league outing. The duo shined in the middle of the park, working well and covering each others’ weaknesses. Dorrans got forward to join the Gers attack as he scored both goals in the 2-1 win, while former Aberdeen ace Jack sat in front of the back four and kept things simple with short, accurate passes. The quality, understanding, and mix of attack and defence between the two is already vastly better than Halliday and Holt.
Drop Candeias for Hibernian clash
Winger Daniel Candeias was poor against Motherwell. A number of over-hit crosses, decisions that were obviously not the correct ones to any football fan and a lack of creativity showed. Axing the 29-year-old journeyman, who joined the club this summer, should be considered by Caixinha this week. The Hoops are likely to swap around their side for the League Cup clash against Dunfermline, but against Hibernian next Saturday, Benfica loanee Dalcio should be given a run out.
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